Monitoring and evaluation of the reforestation execution and results
This monitoring protocol will be in charge of the soil and seedling’s natural evolution focusing on field data analyses that will ensure maximal survival rate of the trees with the advantage of steering the project in certain directions depending on results yielded as reforestation takes place.
Until the submission of the Mid-term report (May 2022) our weather station has been collecting data. Despite some issues encountered, engineers have been able to work through them and keep data logging clear. In addition, soil moisture sensors have been planted throughout the reforestation areas and provide Life Nieblas with essential data. Weather station and soil moisture data is currently being logged and analysed by ITC team. An online platform is being used for daily monitoring of the whole system (www.hobolink.com).
Finally, plantation monitoring is an activity that has begun from May 2022. Hence, data on reforestation developments, survival rate and vigour are parameters that have not been analysed at the time of mid-term report submission. However, it is worth noting the effort that GESPLAN has made in terms of reforestation monitoring methodology. With no extra cost for the project, GESPLAN has developed and App that will help the team file seedlings’ reports electronically without the need for manual recoding techniques.
To read full details in the developments achieved until May 2022, please read the Mid-term report linked below.
Results technical reports updates will be provided towards the end of the project in 2024 with the update of the end-of-project report.
Finishing off with this ITC series, we talked with our colleague Antonio. He is in charge of the meteorological data logging and analyses which will help us to better understand how the fog behaves in our reforestation area. Our meteo station gathers data every ten minutes keeping us updated in almost a live stream. Furthermore, this data will be made available for the general public soon, so everyone interested in meteorology will be able to access the database and make their own analyses.
The Autonomous Fluid Discharge System (AFDS) is a device that works automatically and does not require of energy supply. Our team is looking into the effectiveness of undertaking reforestation works reducing environmental impact by cutting down on CO2 emissions. Gustavo, hydric systems specialist engineer, explains how the AFDS works.
Emilio, the inventor of the original idea for the AFDS is closely working with ITC in developing and monitoring the systems installed on site for Life Nieblas. As a farmer he had to manage his time between several jobs and challenges that the natural terrain would present him. This clever solutions has gained him not only time but also autonomy and cuts on energy usage which is exactly what we, at Life Nieblas, are working towards.
Today our colleague Gilberto, project coordinator for ITC (Canarian Institute of Technology) explains how the AFDS seeks to overcome some challenges that can't be met by fog water collectors by themselves in certain terrains.
Combining different sustainable technologies can make reforestation activities a highly efficient and autonomous task that will help us deliver with greater success.
Our team has started with some reforestation activities a few days ago.
They tell us about the importance of fog water condensation and what the individual collectors do for the plants.