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Using Drone Technology for Environmental Compliance

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posted on 2024-06-21, 04:09 authored by Sharon Lucock, Victoria Westbrooke
This article looks at the views of farmers, rural professionals and regulators on drone use for environmental compliance purposes. It also discusses the benefits they see in this type of technology and their concerns. Technological advances in recent years have led to the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, for multiple roles on-farm such as moving livestock and spraying weeds. Meanwhile, the ongoing evolution of environmental regulations in New Zealand has brought challenges to all parties involved in environmental compliance, including farmers, rural professionals and regulators. The farm plans that have been used to identify risks to and develop mitigation strategies for freshwater quality can be time-consuming and costly to develop and monitor. Can 'eye in the sky' drones help improve the efficiency of these environmental compliance processes? To find out, we set out to seek the opinions of farmers, auditors and regulators with the following research questions in mind:
  1. How are drones currently used during on-farm environmental compliance processes?
  2. What do farmers, auditors and regulators perceive as the benefits and concerns when using drones within on-farm environmental compliance processes?

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Funded by the New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment's Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai) as part of project Rural Professionals Fund 2020–21

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2023-06-07

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  • English

Does this contain Māori information or data?

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