Out-of-this-world environmental solutions get funding

The UK Space Agency is funding 10 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to tackle a range of environmental, economic and social issues using satellite technology. As part of the International Partnership […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The UK Space Agency is funding 10 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to tackle a range of environmental, economic and social issues using satellite technology.

As part of the International Partnership Programme (IPP), these businesses and research organisations have been given a total of £338,000 to establish partnerships in developing countries such as Zambia, Ethiopia and Vietnam.

The collaborative projects will aim to use inventive satellite solutions to solve a range of issues relating to deforestation, illegal fishing, marine pollution, disaster recovery, drought and flooding.

Once the partnerships have been formed and proposals have been developed, projects can proceed to the IPP Call 2 to gain access to further funding and put the plans into practice.

Geocento Ltd aims to monitor and prevent environmental damage to river delta systems in Nigeria. Other companies include Geomatic Ventures Ltd, e2E Services Ltd and Barefoot Lightning Lt.

The second phase for funding will close on the 5th of September 2017, with successful projects due to receive funding and begin work by the end of the year.