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MDA and its partner, Asia Pulp & Paper Sinar Mas awarded Project of the Year by Environment + Energy Leader magazine

The collaboration deployed MDA's RADARSAT-2 satellite Forest Alert Service (FAS) to track subtle forest disturbances down to a few trees.

July 23, 2021  by CM Staff

BRAMPTON — MDA Ltd., a manufacturer of advanced technology and services to the rapidly-expanding global space industry, announced that the company and its partner Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Sinar Mas have been named a ‘Project of the Year’ along with receiving the Judges Choice award by Environment + Energy Leader magazine.

The collaboration deployed MDA’s RADARSAT-2 satellite Forest Alert Service (FAS) to track subtle forest disturbances down to a few trees, allowing APP to monitor and react to forest cover change resulting from natural causes, illegal logging or encroachment.

Since the start of the project in 2016, MDA has acquired satellite data every 24 days, assessed it for changes against historical imagery, and provided ‘Alerts’ to APP for verification and action, mitigating forest degradation. All ‘Alert’ data is published and publicly available on APP’s ‘Sustainability Dashboard’.

Earlier this week, APP’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Elim Sritaba, and MDA Vice President of GeoIntelligence, Dr. Minda Suchan, presented their work to address deforestation at the annual International Environment + Energy Leadership conference, attended by over 350 organizations in environmental sustainability, packaging, government and academia.

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“MDA’s commitment to advancing technologies is enabling ever-increasing diligence for environmental sustainability. Our partnership with APP has combined spaceborne radar imaging with land management responsibilities, which has resulted in APP adopting MDA’s RADARSAT–2 satellite technology to provide a measureable benefit in Indonesian conservation forest management. MDA continues to be motivated to improve its world-leading technologies and capabilities that can be used to benefit the environment.” said Minda Suchan, Vice President of Geointelligence, MDA.

“APP is committed to long-term and impactful forest protection through our Forest Conservation Policy. Partnering with MDA has allowed us to deploy innovative technology solutions to help protect forests and ensure a safe and sustainable supply chain.” said Elim Sritaba, Chief Sustainability Officer, APP.