Deltebre will start a pilot test with drones to control pf plagues and reduce the impact of pesticides on the ecosystem

The initiative counts with the participation of the company Sitep, a member of the Catalonia Smart Drones

The City Council of Deltebre and the CIMNE, together with the University of Perignan Via Domitia, SITEP and other companies, have presented the Hamelin project, a technological research with European funds. The project aims to control of the mosquito’s plague and reduce the impact of pesticides on the ecosystem of the Delta de l’Ebre.

The test, which is expected to be completed in February 2022, will be developed from three main axes to define a corrective action for the restoration of the ecosystem. The system will consist of climate data collection and analysis (STAPC); the collection of information on the geolocalization of mosquito larvae, in which citizens can participate, and the action of drones. The latter will improve the effectiveness of treatment and the use of pesticides that endanger the Delta ecosystem.

The HAMELIN project has the participation of the Catalan company and member of the Catalonia Smart Drones, SITEP, which has contributed to the research its expertise in the development of geographic and technological information systems. Sitep has designed and manufactured the UAS helicopter, a drone that has a load capacity and autonomy capable of fully adapting to each required application.

Thanks to public-private partnerships, progress has been made in caring for and maintaining an ecosystem as special as the Delta. The HAMELIN project, with a total cost of 864,000€, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) and the V-A Spain-France-Andorra Interregional Program (POCTEFA).