Dec. 3, 2002 – Space Imaging, the world’s leading provider of Earth imagery and related services, announced today that it has signed an agreement with The Nature Conservancy.
Under the terms of the agreement, Space Imaging will provide discounts on various IKONOS and Indian Remote Sensing global satellite imagery product suites, taken both from archive and new imagery collections. Space Imaging will also provide a limited number of selected images at no cost. This data will be used to inform and enhance The Nature Conservancy’s conservation plans for managing lands and protecting biodiversity.
Jean Louis Ecochard, chief information officer for The Nature Conservancy said, “This agreement gives us affordable and detailed information that speeds up our understanding of landscapes. Analysis of recurring images of a place over time helps us measure our conservation progress.”
“It’s wonderful to be able to leverage military intelligence technology for the conservation of ecological treasures,” added Frank Biasi, director of conservation systems for The Nature Conservancy.
“High-resolution satellite imagery will give The Nature Conservancy a consistent data source nationwide, allowing them to remotely view the biodiversity of the Earth’s ecosystems,” said John Copple, Space Imaging’s chief executive officer. “We hope our relationship with the Conservancy grows to the point that commercial satellite imagery becomes integral to the way they do business and helps them inventory, map, measure and monitor lands under their stewardship.”