Drones help indigenous people in Panama to find a new home

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The rising waters in Panama caused by climate change are forcing indigenous people of the Gardi Sugdub Island in Panama, the Gunas, to leave their homes.

The Guna people face a housing crisis on the Gardi Sugdub Island, due to the rising water levels and overpopulation. The small island is a home for 2000 people, but could be completely underwater within a few decades.

Panama Flying Labs started working with the community of the island in 2019, to help the relocation planning of locals. They deploy drones to survey uninhabited land that could potentially be used for relocation on Gardi Sugdub and on the Panamanian mainland. The visual data collected by the drones help the locals to make informed decisions about where they wanted their future homes to be located.


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