Where: Nairobi, Kenya
When: 20 – 21 June, 2017
Who: Connie Schmidt, Esri, Rwanda
Why: Connie Schmidt of Esri, Rwanda, partner in the its4land project, attended the conference to get up-to-date on the status and development of drone regulations and legislation in East Africa. There were presentations on drones safety and security rules which are implemented in the Kenyan regulations and policies, the Kenyan drone approval process and the regulatory progress across East Africa addressing the challenges involved in developing regulations for safe use of drones. This last topic was also discussed in a panel discussion.
ROUNDTABLE 2: Using drones for GIS applications, surveying and mapping?
The second day was dominated by presentations on innovative applications of drones, in healthcare, agriculture, the mining industry, in disaster relief and journalism, along with presentations on new capabilities of drones such as heavy lifting and drones that respond to human hand and facial recognition.
The second day’s panel discussion, bearing the title: Drones for Good: Using drones for improving people’s lives today, informed about the importance to present examples and to educate people about the true value of drones. Another outcome of the discussion was the importance to show the various benefits for humanitarian as well as for commercial activities (e.g. blood transfer, use drones against poaching, for agriculture, for monitoring, during natural disasters etc.) as well as a big need to show the positive impact of drones and their advantages by comparing them with traditional methods.