Tech-enabled fire prevention system to save vital giant panda habitat in tangjiahe national nature reserve (green list) and 165 other important protected areas in sichuan province, china. PATHFINDER AWARD 2021 WINNER

Sichuan Forestry and Grassland Bureau
Published: 26 October 2021
Last edited: 25 November 2021
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Summary

Significant conservation impact from technology: the solution uses real-time analysis of satellite images to detect possible fire events. These are rapidly verified and fire events are communicated instantly to rangers in the affected protected areas. Speed is essential. Climate change is making fire more frequent with rapid spreading of events. However there has been a 71% decrease in serious fire events so far in 2021 because of this solution.

Classifications

Region
East Asia
Scale of implementation
Local
Ecosystem
Forest ecosystems
Grassland ecosystems
Temperate deciduous forest
Temperate grassland, savanna, shrubland
Theme
Forest Management
Geodiversity and Geoconservation
Urban and Disaster Risk Management
Resilience and disaster risk management
Challenges
Wildfires
Ecosystem loss
Infrastructure development
Lack of technical capacity
Poor monitoring and enforcement
Sendai Framework
Target 7: Increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to the people by 2030
Business engagement approach
Direct engagement with a company

Location

Sichuan, People's Republic of China
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Challenges

Innovation in fire detection for sichuan and its 166 protected areas.The solution uses satellite image analysis to detect fire events across 8.2 million ha of important habitat for panda. Instant alerts communicated to rangers and who take immediate action. 71% fewer major fire events in 2021 to date.

Beneficiaries

71% fewer major fire events in 2021 to date.Tiangjiahe national nature reserve – an IUCN Green List certified site - and 165 other protected areas in Sichuan Province can benefit.

How do the building blocks interact?

HOT SPOT CAPTURE MODULE will transmit the hot spots captured from satellites, UAVs and ground cameras to HOT SPOT CHECK MODULE, and confirm whether the hot spot is a fire through HOT SPOT CHECK MODULE. If HOT SPOT CHECK MODULE confirms that the hot spot is a fire, the fire will be automatically submitted to the fire department through FIRE SUBMISSION MODULE; If HOT SPOT CHECK MODULE confirms that the hot spot is not a fire, the hot spot will be closed automatically.

Impacts

Innovation in fire detection for sichuan and its 166 protected areas. The solution uses satellite image analysis to detect fire events across 8.2 million ha of important habitat for panda. Instant alerts communicated to rangers and who take immediate action. 71% fewer major fire events in 2021 to date.

Story

Sichuan Giant Panda Digital Technology Development Co., Ltd

Five years ago, Wang Jianbo, 31, became an ordinary forest ranger in Huili County, Liangshan Prefecture. Every day, he gets up early in the morning and forms a patrol team with his colleagues. He goes deep into the dense forest until he returns home. They are not only a forest protection team, but also a fire fighting team. On the 80km patrol Road, they not only observe and record the cleaning of natural resources along the way, but also find fire risks and deal with fires, especially in spring every year, The weather in Liangshan is dry and the temperature is high. If you are not careful, a little spark may lead to a surging forest and grassland fire, and the consequences are unimaginable!

 

In the past, all fire prevention and fire fighting work depended on people, and information transmission was often not timely and accurate, so that rear command and front-line operations all depended on experience and luck. In 2021, the forest and grassland fire monitoring immediate reporting system was developed and launched. By creating an integrated digital system of "sky, earth and people", it has become the intelligent brain and eyes of forest and grassland fire prevention and extinguishing in Sichuan Province.

 

Like 140000 forest rangers in the province, Wang Jianbo also installed the system on his mobile phone for the first time. In the early morning of March 19, he received a call from the attendant of the fire prevention monitoring center. The system found that there was a fire hot spot in Hailong village, and asked him to go to verify immediately. Without saying a word, he took the flashlight and mobile phone and hurried out of the door. Because the system has accurately marked the geographical location of the fire hot spot, Wang Jianbo can easily and accurately reach his destination even in such a dark night. Sure enough, there was a fire, but fortunately the fire was not big! He secretly rejoiced, and then shot the on-site video and uploaded it to the system. According to the on-site situation fed back by Wang Jianbo, the headquarters immediately informed the local government to organize a team to fight the fire, and successfully put out the fire before it was white. With a smile on his tired face, Wang Jianbo said that without this system, the mountains would be completely burned during the day. As a native Liangshan man, he feels honored to be able to guard the green mountains and grass of his hometown.

Contributed by

CHENG SHUJING Sichuan Giant Panda Digital Technology Development Co., Ltd