New White Paper highlights new technology’s potential in sustainable fisheries

More than three billion people worldwide depend upon fish for a fifth of their protein intake. But fisheries are under extreme pressure. A third of species monitored by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization are being fished at an unsustainable level. Climate change is likely to force a global redistribution of fish stocks; countries in the tropics face a catch reduction of two fifths as fish migrate permanently away from oceans that are becoming too warm. And fish are consuming microplastics on a scale never seen before, with consequences that remain hard to predict.

The problems don’t end there. Of the approximately 180 million tonnes of fish landed worldwide each year, around 26 million tonnes are caught illegally. This huge catch is largely invisible to regulators, making it difficult for governments to protect their resources and manage fish stocks sustainably. This is an especially serious problem in regions where environmental threats to fisheries have already put stocks under strain: it makes life harder for responsible fishers, and could lead to a collapse in the availability of protein from the sea. In coastal regions, where fishing is often a key industry and provides a staple source of protein, that presents a potentially deadly threat to the survival of communities and legitimate sea-faring businesses.

Emerging technologies offer new ways for governments, regulators and commercial organisations to get a grip on these problems and others. A huge step-change in computing power has driven the emergence of faster and more capable data processing, new space-based sensors, autonomous marine systems and other technologies; and as computing power grows cheaper, many of these capabilities are within reach for governments and commercial organisations on a scale and at a price that would have been unimaginable just ten years ago.

This is where the Verumar project – supported by the UK Space Agency’s International Partnerships Programme (IPP) – comes in. The project uses satellite data, machine learning and other technologies to create a new level of sea vision, highlighting suspicious maritime activity across vast expanses of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. 

The consortium partners – Blue Economy experts NLA International, fisheries compliance specialists OceanMind, earth intelligence company MDA and consultants Poseidon are driving an approach that blends local knowledge with new datasets to ensure that surveillance and enforcement activities are always intelligence-led. 

Broader horizons

As the project began to bed in with the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), it became obvious that the satellite-enabled counter-illegal fishing programme was merely whetting the appetite for a broader set of innovative approaches. In order to offer a fuller understanding of broader potential, the Verumar team wrote and published a white paper, entitled Emerging Technologies and their Application in Fisheries Management

In an industrial sector congested with jargon and conflicting commercial interests, the white paper offers an accessible and balanced overview of technologies that have enormous potential to help protect the earth’s marine resources, and support the people and communities that depend upon them.

It offers a plain-English introduction to new technologies across nine major areas of development, including unmanned aircraft and vessels, data processing, sensors and internet of things (IOT), big data, cybersecurity, and satellite technology. 

Developing and presenting a more detailed understanding of the full range of capabilities helps to present a balanced vista of options, and how they might all combine to add value to governments and related agencies.

“We can build a kind of mosaic picture using each of these different capabilities as part of a surveillance strategy,” says Paul Gray, co-author of the White Paper. “For instance, you might take data from a range of satellites, different aerial platforms, unmanned surface vessels or in-situ sensors, and fuse and analyse these data in conjunction with other operational business data. Emerging tech, like artificial intelligence and machine learning, enables you to use many different sources of data, process and analyse it, to create actionable intelligence – and through the use of automation, increasingly, you can do that nearly in real time, so you can quickly get the results in front of a person who needs to use it.”

Long-lasting change

The white paper does not just limit itself to illegal fishing, and brings different technologies to life by offering real-world examples of how they are currently being put to use. As the 22 case studies in the report demonstrate, new technology and advances in existing technology are improving: fisherfolk safety at sea; the tracking of fish stocks; and helping scientists to understand the effects of climate change on the oceans. New capabilities are also being put to work to: support counter-piracy operations; improve the efficiency of fishing and cargo ports; keep people connected, and even to face up to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnerships Programme (IPP) has helped companies and alliances like NLA International and Verumar to bring these capabilities to life for users across the globe. Gray says the benefits can outlast any individual project: “The IPP is all about future sustainability. We bring these technologies to the end users, and develop their uses together. Then when the project comes to an end, there’s a level of ability and capacity built in so that the end user can continue to use the capabilities into the long term, in a self-sustaining way.”

You can download the Emerging Technologies and their Application in Fisheries Management white paper here

The International Partnership Programme is part of, and is funded from, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government which supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries.

International Partnership Programme – Scholarships for studying Space Science

A group of students from across the African continent have recently graduated from the University of Strathclyde after studying for an MSc in Satellite Applications with Data Science. The course itself is running for the first time after being developed by the University of Strathclyde with support from the UK Space Agency.

Seven students from five separate African countries were beneficiaries of a scholarship made available through the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP). Before the pandemic they travelled to Glasgow to undertake this new post-graduate course and have all
recently graduated this autumn.

The project titles of the students’ thesis include:

  • ‘Characterizing Wave Variability using Satellite Altimetry to improve access and decision-
  • making for Marine Renewable Energy’
  • ‘Comparative Analysis of Machine Learning Algorithms for Rainfall Forecasting in Aberdeen
  • using Satellite and Ground Station Data’
  • ‘Enabling precision agriculture by analysing remote sensing data from satellites and
  • supporting ground borne IOT sensors’
  • ‘Solar Electric Propulsive Video Imaging Satellite (SEPVIS)
  • ‘An Evaluation of Link Performance Based on Rainfall Attenuation for a LEO Communication
  • Satellite Constellation Over Africa’
  • ‘Evaluation of Scottish wetlands with satellite data to identify sustainable locations for future
  • artificial salt marsh farms’
  • ‘Building an effective automated emergency service for the Volta region in Ghana’

IPP is working to bridge the space and sustainable development communities. We are proud to support the next generation of space scientists from across the African continent to use satellites to respond to challenges on the ground.

Publication of IPP project case studies

The International Partnership Programme (IPP) seeks to bridge the space and development communities. Our projects utilise space technology to respond to development challenges on the ground. A key part of our programme is knowledge sharing; all of our IPP projects must produce a case study to publicise the progress of their work and the lessons learned.

Recent case studies include the PASSES project led by CGI. This project uses satellite radar technology to track the movement of peatlands across South East Asia.

Peatlands are a significant carbon store: between them, peatlands and organic soils contain 30% of the world’s soil carbon but only cover 3 percent of the Earth’s land area. These areas are at risk of degradation through intensive land use and mismanagement. Peatland conservation, restoration and improved management are low-hanging fruit for climate change mitigation and satellite enabled services like PASSES are essential for cost effective peatland management.

The ACCORD project lead by Earth-i have also recently published their case study. This project is working across Kenya and Rwanda helping farmers make timely, important decisions about crops with greater certainty than traditional methods.

The ACCORD project offers a smarter, data-driven solution by using satellite-enabled technology, combined with localised weather and ground truth data. The project so far has mapped nearly 50,000 fields, helping thousands of small-holder farmers make better decisions to improve the quantity and quality of the coffee they are producing.

The C-RISE project led by the National Oceanography Centre and Satellite Oceanographic Consultants is working with partners in Madagascar, Mozambique and Mauritius to provide satellite-derived data on sea level, winds, waves and currents to support vulnerable coastal populations in adapting to the consequences of climate variability and change.

The project enables institutions in the partner countries to work with the C-RISe products to inform decision-making. It enables effective uptake of C-RISe data by commercial and operational sectors in the region and contributes to the improved management of coastal regions, enabling these countries to build increased coastal resilience to natural hazards.

These are just some of the case study publications coming from the IPP programme. The majority of current IPP projects are due to run until March 2021 and we expect to continue to see the publication of further case studies and details of further impacts made.

A wider range of satellite enabled development solutions can be found in our Space solutions for Development catalogue; here we have collated a series of space enabled development tools. These tools respond to a full range of Development challenges and are aimed at operational users in developing countries.

UK Space Agency IPP’s Agri-Webinar

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP) hosted an online workshop on Thursday 29th October for the agricultural projects in IPP. Eleven projects attended, represented by ~35 attendees. The objective of the session was to provide a forum for networking and sharing of knowledge and lessons between the IPP projects, with the work undertaken to support the sustainability of impacts generated over the longer term. 

After a welcome from Athene Gadsby, the UK Space Agency’s IPP Programme Manager, each consortium provided a three-minute lightning introduction overviewing their project in terms of the objectives, partners and results so far. This session highlighted the diversity of the project portfolio and the breadth of technologies, impact objectives and geographical focus within it.

A guest speaker, Eli Pollak (CEO of Apollo Agriculture) joined to provide an external perspective on the use of earth observation in agriculture. Apollo Agriculture is a technology company based in Nairobi, Kenya. It helps small-scale farmers maximise their profits by using satellite data, machine learning, and automated operations to enable better credit decisions and keep costs low and processes scalable. Eli provided an overview of their business model of providing an optimised bundle of products e.g. fertiliser and seed, information products e.g. agronomic advice, and financing e.g. loans, to service the full suite of needs of small-scale farmers. From a technical perspective, Eli explained how the company uses satellite imagery and machine learning to help assess the credit worthiness of each farmer. He also highlighted the importance of ensuring that the farmers are aware of how their personal data and information is being used, and how they benefit in terms of service quality and price, etc.

During the afternoon session, we ran a set of virtual breakouts focused on a variety of topics on achieving and measuring impact, and how to ensure the long term financial sustainability of the service delivered via the project and hence ensure the long term sustainability of the impacts that the project was set up to achieve. A brief summary of each breakout room is below: 

How to quantify agricultural impacts – beyond the metric of yield?  

This group acknowledged that whilst improvements in yield is commonly an impact indicator for agricultural projects, due in part to its direct link to the SDGs, there are broad benefits that the yield indicator doesn’t capture. This might include increased efficiency and use of agricultural inputs, better management of production to smooth out volumes, reduced environmental damage, improved crop quality and mitigation of potential loss through extreme weather events, disease or pests. Our discussions suggested that alternative measurements including improved resilience and the ability to foresee events in order to take action were important for many projects.

What are the common pitfalls to measuring agricultural impacts, such as the timing of harvest cycles, getting buy-in from farmers to actually make changes, and defining counterfactuals?

Timing was the most common issue raised by this group. It was noted that whilst an IPP project, and the development of the product, might take 4-5 years, many agricultural impacts take many more years to emerge. At the same time, aligning harvest cycles to product development and the rhythm of reporting and evaluation within IPP creates a challenge for data collection and impact measurement in agricultural projects. Many projects also shared concerns related to attribution, and how to measure the effect of their specific agronomic advice on a complex farming system. For example, it is difficult to fully account for the action taken by farmers to act on agronomic recommendations, and how it creates an impact when faced with multiple, external, complex factors that might also influence the result. Participants noted that using counterfactuals and control groups to assess this issue of attribution might be technically possible, but also raised ethical considerations relating to the exclusion of certain growers from these interventions.  Participants suggested that as an alternative to control groups, national level data could be used to understand general trends. 

What value is the user going to derive from the solution, does that outweigh the costs, and who pays?

This group noted that achieving post grant financial sustainability can be difficult and very time consuming requiring a lot more effort than originally expected in terms of meetings, demonstrations and negotiations with potential customers/funders. It was discussed how it is difficult for smallholders to pay directly for the services, but not impossible as demonstrated by Apollo Agriculture, whereas perhaps larger agri-business was a more viable customer. Some IPP projects are pursuing a ‘top down’ approach by providing their services directly to government customers, e.g. Ministries of Agriculture, while other projects are looking from the ‘demand’ side, e.g. with the cooperatives and wholesalers that aggregate smallholder supply and seeing how they can expand the service to others in the value chain to add other benefits over productivity. Automation may be another way to drive down costs and make the services more affordable, but that could be more difficult in developing countries as it will take a long time and investment.

What is the role of EO in the agricultural sector in regards to insurance and credit? 

Many of the agricultural projects in IPP are investigating whether EO can be used to improve the provision of insurance to farmers. We heard from Airbus their plans to improve the offering of flood & drought insurance for farmers in Kenya, eOsphere’s efforts in Mongolia to support an index based insurance scheme for herders, and Rezatec in Mexico aiming to improve insurance products for wheat and sugarcane farmers. Victoria Clause (Technology and Agriculture Consultant, Mercy Corps AgriFin) provided an opinion on how bundling both credit and insurance products has led previously to greater demand from smallholder farmers. Finally, Assimila highlighted that whilst it is possible to create index based insurance for some hazards e.g. rainfall for drought, others such as pest risk are harder to identify an appropriate index. 

We will be hosting further workshops in spring 2021 to build on this knowledge-sharing event. If you have specific ideas for such an event, please do contact Caribou Space on

What does innovation taste like?

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SF Bay Coffee Company is a shining example of innovations for smallholder farmers in the African coffee business designed to improve livelihoods and sustainability. Farming five hectares in Kigoma Sector SF Bay’s 20,000 coffee trees sit at 1,743-1,935 metres above sea level. This location experiences varying temperature levels of 16-25 degrees, perfect for growing high-quality coffee. The company also sources coffee beans from around 1,960 coffee farmers in the surrounding Kigoma Sector. The company started operations in Rwanda in 2006 and became a partner in the ACCORD programme in 2018 to increase the level of support offered to its coffee farmers and help them tackle the impact of climate change.

We talked to the SFBC Rwanda Director, Mario Serracin, Ph.D. about their company, the challenges of climate change in Rwanda, and the impact of the ACCORD programme on their farmers.

What were SFBC original goals and expectations on joining the ACCORD programme?

SF Bay Coffee started as coffee buyers in Rwanda and East Africa sourcing from some 30,000 producers since 2006. Building on this experience they set up a model farm and coffee washing station, and an outreach programme to smallholder coffee farmers offering agronomic, weather advisory, social and business support programmes. They have a full soils-testing lab to optimise farm management and through the ACCORD programme installed a weather station on the farm.

SF Bay’s demonstration plot showing inter-cropping with banana trees

SF Bay Coffee reached out to ACCORD in order to be more precise and effective in their farmer support, and in particular to improve the smallholder farmers knowledge of good agronomic practices. SF Bay Coffee’s main target in Rwanda has been to triple the farmers’ incomes by increasing yields and profits.

How does ACCORD fit with your wider vision and goals for your business and what you are trying to achieve for farmers?

SF Bay Coffee has so far mapped 1,960 farms and fields. The farmers had limited knowledge of coffee farming and were producing less than 1kg per tree. They also had limited access to inputs and agronomic support.

With the ACCORD project, the farmers have increased production and adopted improved agronomic practices which includes growing better coffee varieties, digging erosion channels, mulching the fields, improved scouting for pests, and effective pests and disease management.
Through the WeatherSafe platform, more than 200,000 messages advising these practices have been sent to farmers to date, helping to increase productivity and quality of the coffee beans.

They have lowered processing costs through a modern design of washing station and this enables the company to offer 67% of the green coffee price to farmers. The price offered by the company to farmers in last two years has been 29-42% higher than the minimum price set by regulator NAEB.

What are the most important interventions or innovations required to make smallholder coffee farming sustainable?

“Smallholder farmers need to be organised in producer organisations (cooperatives) in order to attain the right agro-inputs ahead of time and achieve economies of scale. They also require pre-financing to meet production costs”, said Mario Serracin.

Mario Serracin, Director of SF Bay Coffee Rwanda

He notes that cooperatives are better able to negotiate for pre-financing to procure inputs on behalf of farmers and achieve better prices from coffee buyers. Shared services including transport, washing stations and marketing, also go a long way to ensure that farmers get improved returns.

How significant has been the impact of climate change on coffee farming in Africa?

Impact of climate change has been very significant, especially to smallholder farmers. Rwanda has witnessed extreme weather, changing rainfall patterns, increased temperatures and incidence of pests and diseases as a result of climate change. Some coffee varieties have completely disappeared since they could not withstand adverse changes in climate. Some smallholder farmers have even abandoned coffee altogether.

Application of the ACCORD service has enabled farmers to become more resilient to climate change and able to adjust their farming activities to cope. This has led to a significant reduction of costs of production, especially agro-inputs through the reduced wastage that comes from accurate forecasts of rainfall.

“ACCORD technology has addressed climate change challenges quite well, but we need higher resolutions at ground level and more access microclimate information”, said Mario Serracin.

How well has it integrated with your approach to innovation in coffee agronomy?

There were high expectations that the ACCORD service would support and enhance the company’s passion for innovation. The key was to use it to improve decision-making and outreach to farmers. This has proved to be the case in both areas.

For example, shortly after coffee trees were initially planted on the model farm three consecutive days of rain were predicted by the WeatherSafe platform. Reacting in advance, the company’s staff designed canals to capture the excess water to store for predicted drought days, and developed an gravity-based irrigation system. This efficient use of rainwater noticeably increased plant health and yields in the first year after planting, achieving results normally expected over three years.

ACCORD has helped produce higher yields and better quality cherries

SF Bay Coffee has also been able to improve agronomic support to coffee farmers through the employment of tech savvy university graduates equipped with the ACCORD platform. With the relevant training, these interns have mapped farms, set up demonstration plots, scouted for pests and diseases, and trained farmers on their own farms.

SF Bay Coffee has been able to achieve increased production and quality at its own farm as well as from its network of smallholder farmers. Its innovative approach to coffee farming is the driver of this success and that innovation has been extended to many smallholder farmers thanks to ACCORD. Farmers appreciate the alerts and advice they receive via their mobile phones, as evidenced through latest farmers surveys, where 97.8% of farmers reported taking recommended actions, 98.3% reported positive change in the health of their crop, and 97.2% reported being satisfied with the service, overall.

The proof ultimately is in the coffee. Having achieved 90+ scores in the Rare Specialty Category there is no doubt as to the quality of SF Bay Coffee. So next time you enjoy a taste of that fine brand, raise your cup to innovation.

International Partnership Programme

The International Partnership Programme (IPP) is a five-year, £30 million-per-year initiative run by the UK Space Agency. It focuses on using the UK space sector’s research and innovation strengths to deliver sustainable economic or societal benefit to developing economies around the world. IPP is part of, and is funded from, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government which supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries.

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UK Space Agency’s new Head of Sustainable Development

Afriqnmun Lovejoy is the UK Space Agency’s (UKSA) new Head of Sustainable Development.  She is an experienced Civil Service leader, with strengths in managing complex relationships, public policy and analysis, has significant experience of the climate sector, and recently attended an Executive Masters in Public Economics at the London School of Economics.

Afriqnmun was previously UKSA’s Head of Strategy and Operations, responsible for corporate planning, operations management, and secretariat to the Agency’s executive and non-executive boards. She joined UKSA in 2018 from the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), where she worked on a range of domestic climate policies, for UK onshore and offshore wind, hydropower and electric vehicles. At BEIS she also spent time as the Head of Engagement for International Climate Change.

Outside of her core roles, Afriqnmun is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, recognised through her voluntary work as a Save the Children Regional Coordinator and her role in setting up the BEIS Faith and Minority Ethnic Network for which she received an MBE in 2018.

As Head of Sustainable Development at the UK Space Agency she is excited to have the opportunity to build on the success of the existing IPP programme, and to create the strategic and collaborative frameworks to promote the role of space technology within our international partnerships and the wider development community.

IPP ACCORD project endorsed by farmers in latest survey results

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Farmers drying coffee

The success of the ACCORD project relies critically on the enthusiastic adoption of the service by the farmers themselves. Even the smartest technology is ultimately useless if the users themselves don’t embrace it.

A critical part of measuring the success and the impact of the ACCORD technology and service has therefore been to keep a regular check on farmer adoption of the technology, the impact on their farming practices and their overall satisfaction with the service they are receiving.

Farmers adopting agronomic practices by digging erosion channels ~ Courtesy SFBC Rwanda

We do that primarily through a quarterly survey of a sample of circa 160 farmers (male and female) drawn from across the participating cooperatives in both Kenya and Rwanda. We also ensure we have a representative sample of female farmers so that we can track adoption and impact by gender.

The surveys have been carried out throughout the programme, from the point farmers began receiving SMS messages from the ACCORD platform. Over time the project team has been able to track farmer attitudes and satisfaction, as well as the impact the technology is having on their farms – and capturing some deeper insights in their own words.

The results have been very positive from the outset. From the start feedback received has suggested that the application of advanced data-science driven technology can have an immediate and positive impact on meeting farmers’ needs, so long as it is delivered in an accessible and practical way.

June survey shows very positive feedback and steady progress

The latest survey has generated our best set of results to date – and given that we are close to reaching our target of 50,000 mapped fields and around the same number of participating farmers (40,000+ receiving the service right now) that is indeed most encouraging.

So, what have we found in the latest results? We look at several measures of adoption and satisfaction, and here’s the topline for the one’s we look at most closely:

  • 92.8% of farmers reported taking the recommended action in June 2020, compared with 91% a year ago.
  • 98.8% of farmers reported a positive change in their farming practices, in June 2020 as a result of accessing the service, compared with 92% a year ago.
  • 97.6% of farmers reported satisfaction with the service in June 2020, compared with 93% a year ago.
  • 96% of farmers reported a positive change in the health of their crop in June 2020, compared with 91% a year ago

Farmers also reported to have made some decisions that led to savings. 60% were able to manage farm labour and logistics well, improve crop management practices, and reduced operation costs. 29% indicated that they were able to apply the right amount of agro-inputs in the right way, avoiding wastage, and 12% managed to buy more effective type of agro-inputs (which also depends on the farmers’ availability of funds).

Despite these very positive results, we do remind ourselves that good as the feedback from farmers is, the results on the ground in terms of improved farming and better yields is what ultimately counts. Therefore, we are far from complacent and the Covid19 pandemic is a timely reminder that there are many environmental factors that challenge smallholder farmer resilience and sustainability.

Challenges remain on the ground

Beyond the surveys we conduct occasional farmer focus groups so that we can delve deeper into the challenges they face, and the factors that affect their ability to act on the advice they receive from the service.

Most farmers cite challenges in having access to inputs at the time they need them most, or the right type, or that they can’t afford them at that point in time. Similarly, access to labour to carry out the work can be a problem, one that has been exacerbated by the impact of lockdown on the movement of labour in rural areas during the current pandemic. These are challenges that technology alone cannot solve. There must also be market and logistical solutions that enable farmers to act effectively, when they know what needs to be done, based on ACCORD alerts and advice.

It is our fervent belief therefore that ACCORD technology is an enabler not a full solution in itself. Knowledge is power they say – and rightly so – but only if that knowledge can be acted upon effectively and, as climate change constantly reminds us, in a timely manner.

International Partnership Programme

The International Partnership Programme (IPP) is a five-year, £30 million-per-year initiative run by the UK Space Agency. It focuses on using the UK space sector’s research and innovation strengths to deliver sustainable economic or societal benefit to developing economies around the world. IPP is part of, and is funded from, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). GCRF is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government which supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries.

World Ocean Day – sustainable innovation for our oceans

June 8th is World Oceans Day. This year, the theme is Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.

Marine ecosystems sit at the heart of many of the world’s global challenges: food, medicines, biodiversity, clean energy, climate regulation, job creation and inclusive growth. However, exploitation of our ‘blue economy’ is rife, from illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing to pollution caused by various industries both on land and at sea. We need to safeguard and improve the health of marine ecosystems to support the worlds growing use of marine resources.

Innovation for sustainable oceans is needed.

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP) is supporting organisations to use innovative space technology to solve development challange across a wide range of sectors, including solutions to reduce and prevent IUU, decrease coastal erosion, promote safety at sea and detect and respond to pollution.

IPP has funded six projects that support innovation for our oceans. Verumar in the Philippines and Satellite-Enabled Maritime Domain Awareness for Chile’ (SEMDAC) are demonstrate the value of using satellite data and advanced algorithms in detecting IUU fishing. Satellites for sustainable fishing in Indonesia and South Africa Safety Initiative
for Small vessels’ Operational Take‑up (OASIS-TU)
in Malaysia and South Africa are working towards improving safety at sea. And Coastal Risk Information Service (C-RISE) is supporting coastal populations from the consequences of climate variability and change in Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa.

The video below provides a snapshot of the positive impact that Earth and Sea Observation (EASOS) having on detecting oil spills off the coast of Malaysia using space solutions.

World Environment Day – Time for Nature

June 5th is World Environment Day. It is most renowned day for environmental action. This year, the theme is biodiversity.

Biodiversity is foundational, it supports all life on land and below water. It affects human health, providing clean air and water, nutritious foods, disease resistance, and climate change mitigation.

However, human actions, including deforestation, encroachment on wildlife habitats, intensified agriculture, and acceleration of climate change, have pushed nature beyond its limit.

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP) is supporting organisations to use space technology to solve development challange across a wide range of sectors, including solutions to reduce and prevent de-forestation, improve biodiversity and increase climate resilience in agriculture.

IPP has funded six projects on forestry and land management which are providing tools to support improved forest governance. When applied, these are expected to ultimately slow deforestation rates in project regions by providing local forest authorities with actionable intelligence. Furthermore, a cost effectiveness analysis of the forestry projects found that space-enabled solutions where 11.8 times more cost effective in the long term when compared to non-space alternatives. The video below provides a snapshot of the positive impact that the IPP is having on preventing deforestation through using space solutions.