Scottish-headquartered Ecometrica wins Pan-American prize for Geospatial Innovation

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Ecometrica has scooped another prestigious international award.

The Scottish-headquartered company has won the prize for ‘Excellence in Geospatial Applications’ at the Americas Geospatial World Excellence Awards, in recognition of quality and innovation in the implementation of geospatial technology.

Organisers said exemplary use of geospatial technology leads to tangible benefits and socio-economic improvement.

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Representatives from Ecometrica picked up the gong at the Americas Geospatial Forum in Mexico City last week.

Sarah Middlemiss, space programme manager at Ecometrica, said: “Given our close collaborations in Latin America through the Forests 2020 Project, it is particularly pleasing to receive this prize. As we speak, we continue to work with government agencies and NGOs in Latin America to monitor and manage the effectiveness of attempts to tackle and reverse deforestation.”

Adding: “It is crucial that these programmes balance social and economic considerations on the ground with a real improvement in conservation efforts, and that is where satellite data and the Ecometrica Platform can make a real difference. We look forward to continuing our work in Latin America for years to come.”

In the Americas, high resolution land use change maps, alongside maps of deforestation, fire risk and biomass have been developed, covering more than 132 million hectares of forest, equipping national and subnational institutions with the tools to improve the management of their national resources.

Ecometrica uses observation data from space, air and land to deliver actionable insights for business, government and society.

Earlier this year, CDP covered how Ecometrica had deployed LIDAR-equipped drones to protect Scottish forests.

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