Shaped by natural processes and the increasing influence of human activities, biodiversity forms the web of life of which we fully depend upon for thousands of years. On October 11-15 this year, the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) is held in Kunming, China to convene governments from the world to agree on a new set of goals for nature over the next decade.
21 targets are proposed in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, among which sustainable management of agriculture and forestry serves as the main measure. Agriculture might be generally neglected as a great constituent to maintain biodiversity. But as technology arises in rural areas, there have been more applications of tackling biodiversity loss in agriculture, from less use of chemicals to land restoration.
From fields to pastures, crossing rivers and forests, drones and robots are now the integral part of maintaining the balance of nature. They are acting as the new type of "painkiller" in natural habitat under potential threats to lift the pain of environment.
Two young herdsmen poured grass seeds into the tank of their newly bought drone, which they consider a new hope to protect their beloved pasture that was subject to degradation, Hongyuan, Sichuan, China. June 2021.
Witnessed by a group of pilot teams, a nimble drone was flying above the fire-affected peat swamp to broadcast grass seeds for post-fire recovery, Lake Cobrico, Victoria, Australia. April 2021.
On a pasture attacked by the African Lovegrass, drone's humming was just like the war cry of battle declare to one of the most invasive weeds, New South Wales, Australia. March 2021.
Another battle begins to protect shrimps and fish against invasions. A very impressive and cost-effective way to control aquatic weeds in and around multiple large dams. Queensland, Australia. August 2021.
A neatly planted apple orchard gets its first fungicide spray of the year, enjoying the sophisticated care from R150 robot without chemical pollution, UK. April 2021.
Do you want to know the secret behind this picturesque paddy scene? This organic rice field was experiencing a contamination-free shower from a spray drone with bioagent loaded, Geumodo Island, South Korea. July 2020.
The crop-devouring borers were being ambushed by the spray drone delivering biological pesticides made from Trichogramma. There's going to be a "bugbits" in this organic sugarcane plantation, Ecuador. July 2020.
Keep quiet! The flying forest ranger doesn't like to be disturbed while on mission of warding off scarab in poplar forest, Northwest China. June 2021.