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Hatfield Consultants Provides Mapping and Monitoring Services to African Parks in Garamba National Park, DRC

Oct 19, 2017

Sentinel-2 image of Garamba shows the amazing savannah landscape with its riparian forest features. Several fires are burning within the park

Hatfield evaluates revolutionary new satellite earth observation technology with African Parks in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Led by Hatfield Consultants, technical experts from Hatfield, Airbus, and Pink Matter Solutions worked with African Parks to provide up-to-date baseline land cover and habitat maps, fire detection and fire scar mapping, and ongoing change detection services. These showed potential to provide valuable information for planning the deployment of ranger patrols and to contribute as a force multiplier. Monitoring of fires and land cover change within the park can reveal areas that should be investigated based on suggestions of human activity and patterns of movement within and around the park.

Evaluation of the potential role of satellite earth observation to contribute valuable anti-poaching information began in 2015, with Hatfield collaborating with African Parks and the European Space Agency in the EO4Wildlife project. The objective was to evaluate how new satellite technology could contribute to African Parks’ monitoring of the park, and planning and implementation of anti-poaching efforts within its vast area. Monitoring efforts utilizing only ground and aerial patrols face enormous logistical and security challenges. Speaking to the African Parks Newsroom, Carien Soldatos, GIS Coordinator at African Parks Network, noted “African Parks found the EO4Wildlife opportunity to be most valuable in using satellite earth observation to monitor high risk environments from space and critically provide highly accurate information to inform ranger patrol activities in potentially threatening situations.” “The land cover product showed enormous promise as an invaluable resource for patrol planning, monitoring of wildlife movement patterns over time, infrastructure planning and to support risk maps. Fire alerts can improve safety of rangers in the field and highlight suspicious poaching activities in areas which are difficult to patrol, providing a potentially powerful contribution to law enforcement efforts.”

African Parks is looking to expand the use of satellite earth observation technology to other parks in Africa. This initiative received support from the European Space Agency.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Andy Dean
Partner & Senior Geomatics Specialist

Tel.: +1-604-926-3261
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About African Parks

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. With the largest counter-poaching force and the most amount of area under protection for any one NGO in Africa, African Parks manages 11 national parks and protected areas in eight countries covering six and a half million hectares in Malawi, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zambia. Visit to learn more. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

About the European Space Agency

A world-leader in Earth observation dedicated to developing cutting-edge spaceborne technology to further understand the planet, improve daily lives, support effect policy-making for a more sustainable future, and benefit businesses and the economy. Visit to learn more. Follow ESA on Twitter

About Hatfield Consultants

Established in 1974 and based in Vancouver, Canada, Hatfield has built a strong reputation in environmental and geomatics services with successful projects in more than 40 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. With offices in Canada, Indonesia, Laos, and Botswana, Hatfield works with local partners to build local capacity. Hatfield is recognized within Canada and around the world for innovative solutions to complex challenges. Hatfield’s core expertise is environmental monitoring and assessment, and several of Hatfield’s core monitoring services integrate satellite Earth observation technology to enhance information availability.

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