In this radio episode, we speak to Dr Jaime Paneque-Gálvez, Assistant Professor at the Center of Research in Environmental Geography (CIGA), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Topics include: the use of drones for community-based forest monitoring and territorial defence; ethical and safety concerns around data collection, ownership and security where Indigenous territories are subject to extractive operations and surveillance; and the possibilities and challenges of community autonomy in technology use for political and socio-environmental goals.
Interviewers: Trishant Simlai and Jennifer Gabrys
Producer: Harry Murdoch
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This radio episode was produced by the Smart Forests project funded by the European Research Council. Smart Forests is led by Professor Jennifer Gabrys and is based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.
Smart Forests Atlas materials are free to use for non-commercial purposes (with attribution) under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. To cite this radio episode: Paneque-Gálvez, Jaime, Trishant Simlai, and Jennifer Gabrys, "Jaime Paneque-Gálvez: Community Forest Monitoring with Drones," Smart Forests Atlas (2022), https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/radio/jaime-paneque-galvez/
Header image credit: Screengrab of drone footage of Sholinab village in Wapichana territory, Guyana. Image source: Digital Democracy [screengrab]. Retrieved 27 July 2022, from https://wp.digital-democracy.org/we-built-a-drone/