Updated May 24, 2019
Indigenous peoples are stewards of territories rich in biodiversity and natural resources; their lands are some of the best-preserved landscapes on earth. As such, they face tremendous pressures from mega-infrastructure development, illegal mining, oil spills, land grabbing and encroachment, etc. Indigenous communities remain marginalized and lack the ability to consistently monitor their territories or provide credible evidence and seek redress; land titling; and manage their environment.
UAVs are effective, powerful, low-cost tools that indigenous peoples can use to monitor, map, and protect their territories and natural resources. In a short timeframe, UAVs can collect important data that can be processed into 2D and 3D maps, or used as evidence to seek redress. UAVs have a wide range of applications that can be essential for indigenous peoples to effectively manage their lands, including agricultural management, early disaster detection, assessment, monitoring, mapping, etc.
Tushevs Aerials was developed by Georgi and Nina Tushev to design, build and fly remote-control airplanes. Georgi Tushev is a visual artist and designer of remote-control airplanes who has created many unique designs of fixed wing airplanes, quadcopters, and other craft. He is one of the pioneers of the FPV (first-person view) mode of flying using VR goggles. Nina Kantcheva Tushev is an environmental activist who works at the UN to ensure that indigenous peoples' traditional knowledge informs solutions to climate change.
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