Forest Changes Over Time
Bunda Forest Reserve is suited within the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural resources (LUANAR), Bunda campus, with more than five communities surrounding the forest. The forest has three subdivisions, with the largest covering over 426 Ha. It is dominated by Miombo woodlands with few Eucalyptus and Gmelina species. Three mountains surround the reserve.
Crowddroners Tadala Makuluni and Esther Tamandani Biliyati chose to map the Bunda Forest to showcase the change over time. Notice the considerable amount of trees without leaves. Zoom in, and you can see these trees in more detail. The university managed large areas of this forest and cleared some sections to create new buildings and housing for students.
The image comparison below shows the difference between the forest in summer and fall, with the former taken with a satellite many years ago and the latter mapped with a drone by Crowddroners Tadala and Esther.
* Estimations based on typical resolutions
Drone data at the same place in different seasons or years allows us to get insights and, with those insights, take action to preserve and protect nature.
Tadala and Esther are Crowddroning operators based in Malawi who submitted these images and maps as part of the Drones 4 Sustainable Forestry and Urban Green Challenge by GLOBHE to highlight local community challenges in forests in their home country. They are experienced drone operators and a valuable member of GLOBHE's Crowddroning community.
Esther Tamandani Biliyati