Launched in October 2020, the NICFI Satellite Data Program provides free access to high-resolution satellite images of the global tropics to anyone, anywhere, to monitor tropical deforestation.
Airbus is proud to participate in this program and delivers millions of km² of SPOT 5 and SPOT 6/7 high resolution imagery: those data precisely describe natural forests over 20 years, and help NICFI users to focus on areas that matter most.
Below are some examples of concrete deforested areas visualized on SPOT 5 and SPOT 6/7 images.

Deforestation in Colombia

The use of archive satellite images allows users of the NICFI project (Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative) to report on the means implemented to reach forest areas.

Deforestation takes place by the Mecaya, located in Colombia. The analysis of SPOT 5 imagery from 2007 and SPOT 6 imagery from 2013 shows the progression of deforestation by small patches in clusters from the river.

Gold mining in Ecuador

Did you know that gold mining is one of the most destructive activities that contributes to forest degradation?

The NICFI data program, as well as the current MAAP initiative, demonstrates how powerful high resolution satellite imagery can be when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable environments.

The demand for jewelry accounts for nearly 40% of mine production and most of us don't really know where the gold in our products comes from or how it is mined. Unfortunately gold mining is one of most destructive activities that contributes to forest degradation, devastating the overall environment and posing a particular threat to indigenous communities.

The MAAP initiative highlights one of these cases. One Airbus SPOT 6/7 high resolution image dated back to 2014 was provided to the NICFI data program, and unveils the environmental conditions and landscape 8 years ago. Acquired in 2021, a new SPOT 6/7 image witnesses drastic expansion of gold mining exploitation and the true impacts on the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest.

Through diverse examples like this one, #NICFI Data Program demonstrates how powerful high resolution satellite imagery can play a key role in protecting the most vulnerable environments. Discover how Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative mitigate climate change by protecting the world’s rainforest.
Image SPOT Pléiades Deforestation

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