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Environmental Protection: Ambatovy Uses Remote Sensing Technology

teledetection The validation workshop on satellite imagery analysis of Ambatovy’s three compensation areas.

Determining the deforestation rate and measuring the efficiency of its conservation activities thanks to satellite imagery. To do so, Ambatovy uses remote sensing technology. A validation workshop on satellite imagery analysis of Ambatovy’s three compensation areas within the Alaotra Mangoro Region (Conservation areas surrounding the Mine, Torotorofotsy, and the Analamay Mangoro Forest Corridor or CFAM) taken in 2014 compared to the ones in 2011, took place in Ankorondrano, on June 16th, 2017. In fact, this action is part of Ambatovy’s protection of the environment surrounding its Mine Site in Moramanga. The results of the analysis that was approved with its partners (Biodiversity-Protected Areas System Conservation Directorate, DREF Alaotra Mangoro, Asity Madagascar, Conservation International, Institute and Geophysical Observatory in Antananarivo, ONE, REDD+) demonstrated that the annual deforestation rate is 0.20% for the conservation areas, which is two times lower than the surrounding protected areas. However, those in CFAM and in Torotorofotsy are respectively 0.49% and 0.63%. These results enable Ambatovy to assess the benefits in the compensation sites and take corrective actions in the fight against the deforestation that was caused by anthropic pressure. As a reminder, these images are taken every three years and the ones in 2017 will be examined in comparison with the ones in 2014. The same activities will be carried out in 2018 for the fourth compensation site in Ankerana, in the Atsinanana Region.