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MONITORING THE HEALTH OF EUROPE’S LARGEST FOREST

The forest of the Landes region in Southwest France is the largest expanse of man-made forest in Western Europe. Sustaining more than 35,000 direct jobs and annual revenues of €2.6 million*, its economic importance is clear, so it is vital for forestry professionals to protect it from a range of threats, notably from parasites.

To this end, the Syndicat des Sylviculteurs du Sud-Ouest and the Caisse Phyto-Forêt** turned to Telespazio France’s EarthLab Aquitaine environmental monitoring unit, which has been helping them to keep track of the 1.4 million hectares of Landes forest since 2015.

EarthLab Aquitaine’s experts used satellite imagery to map the zone, analyse forest stands and detect pickets of pine mortality. Light aircraft from partner firm Air Infrarouge were deployed to take a closer look and identify individual affected trees. The resulting alert maps were then sent for diagnosis to the Ministry of Agriculture’s regional forest health monitoring unit via a dedicated geodata portal managed by land-planning and risk-management consortium ATGERI***.

Through this collaborative partnership approach, Telespazio France is bringing cost-effective value-added services tailored to the real needs of forestry professionals.

 

* Figures provided by the Aquitaine regional forest land ownership centre

** Programme funded by the Nouvelle Aquitaine regional council, the DRAAF regional agriculture, food and forest directorate, and the departmental councils of Gironde, Landes and Lot-et-Garonne

*** Aménagement du Territoire et la Gestion des Risques

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