Once again the ESA-UNESCO Open Initiative on the use of space technologies to support the World Heritage Convention was on the European TV. Thanks to UNESCO, ARTE was able to travel to Uganda to film the real use of satellite images as applied for conservation.
Manufactured by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Envisat satellite was launched in 2002 from the base of Kourou, in French Guyana, and goes round the Earth 14 times a day. Envisat has onboard ten different measuring instruments which allow multiple applications. Envisat concerns all the fields of Earth observation.
The documentary reveals the work of those controlling and managing the satellites, and shows the benefit from using space technologies. Viewers are attending work of various operators and are invited to meet some users of the satellite imagery, from the Baltic to Uganda."Envisat and the gorillas"
In Uganda, the high forests shelter the last Mountain Gorillas. To monitor these zones very difficult to access and continuously threatened by wild deforestation, the sites managers use today the technology of Envisat. From the preparation of the satellite maps to the "tracking" of the gorillas in the Bwindi forest, the documentary follows the course of operation.
Read the text about gorilla conservation project