Kongsberg satellites get 450 million kroner contract for monitoring global deforestation

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The company Kongsberg Satellite Services AS has been selected to provide satellite images and monitoring of global deforestation.

The contract is worth up to NOK 405 million.

The contract has been signed with the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (KOS) for a period of four years, Kongsberg Gruppen reported.

“Satellite information is essential for environmental monitoring, as global climate monitoring is based on fast and accurate satellite data.

That is an area of great importance not only for KSAT but for the entire community.

Therefore we hope to support this important initiative to combat the deforestation that is taking place around the world,” Rolf Skatteboe, CEO of Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT), stated.

Monthly updates

KSAT will have Airbus and Planet Inc as partners.

They will provide historical and updated mosaics of selected areas around the world on a monthly basis.

The KOS is under the auspices of the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

“We are revolutionizing the world’s forest monitoring. With the new high-resolution satellite images, we get a better picture of what is happening in tropical countries so that we can improve efforts to reduce the destruction of the world’s valuable tropical forests,” Climate and Environment Minister Sveinung Rotevatn (V) noted in a press release.

While there are very detailed satellite images on which you can see a single tree being cut down, those images are currently very expensive and only a few private actors have access to them, the Ministry added.

The Norwegian government will make the images available to everyone free of charge through the Norwegian rainforest initiative, NICFI.

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