LIMA – Peruvian air force planes and drones have captured more than 20,000 images of the damage that illegal mining operations and other activities have caused in the jungle region of Madre de Dios, the Ministry of Defense said Wednesday in a statement.
The photos and videos were taken during an Aug. 7-9 operation in the provinces of Tambopata and Manu, home to several protected areas.
The Ministry of Defense said that the images and footage will allow authorities to determine the degree to which the environment and biodiversity have been affected, as well as to specify the areas that are vulnerable to natural disasters, in order to take precautionary measures.
The images and footage were analyzed by the National Amazonian Surveillance Center, which created georeferenced orthomosaics, photo indexes, digital elevation models, and contour maps that will allow authorities to locate illegal activities being carried out in the Madre de Dios region.
The images and footage will be delivered to the relevant national and regional agencies investigating illegal activities and protecting biodiversity in Madre de Dios, a region that borders Brazil and Bolivia.