Maros. Research research and student service team of the Forestry Undergraduate Study Program, Department of Forestry, Faculty of Forestry, Hasanuddin University chaired by Muhammad Faiq, a 2017 student of forestry study program and its three members, Abdul Rachman JB, Muhammad Afdal and Muhammad Iriansyah Ikram, accompanied by Ir. Munajat Nursaputra, S.Hut., M.Sc., IPM (Assistant Lecturer) conducted research and service activities by utilizing Unnamed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology in monitoring land occupations in the Hasanuddin University Education Forest Area (4/6)
The team, chaired by Muhammad Faiq, is a team that has passed funding through the research and student service program organized by the Ministry of Forestry. In 2021, this program is held with the aim of increasing the motivation and creativity of forestry students in developing research and service. Especially in developing research and service that can solve a problem in the forestry sector.
Judging from the current development of earth monitoring technology, it has helped a lot in monitoring conditions that occur in an area from time to time. From this fact, Muhammad Faiq and the two members took the initiative to utilize Unnamed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology or better known as drones to carry out monitoring related to land that has been occupied by the community, this activity was carried out from 28-30 May 2021
Muhammad Faiq explained that the use of drone technology is much better used in taking pictures because it can take pictures of the conditions of an area (aerial photography) well, besides that drone technology is also faster and easier to produce information related to the extent of land change and types of land use that have changed.
In addition to technological developments in the monitoring of the Earth at this time, the background for the implementation of the research activities is to resolve cases that are being faced by the Faculty of Forestry, Hasanuddin University and manager of the Forest Education Unhas related to land occupation by the people
“This study was done to resolve the case of the Faculty of Forestry Unhas with The management of the Unhas Education Forest related to land grabbing by the community in the area that has been designated as the Unhas Education Forest area, the community claimed to have land certificates on these lands so they dared to enter the area and process them into agricultural land (rice fields) and plantations,” explained Faiq
The process of monitoring land occupation using drones, is first carried out by making a flight plan in areas identified as having been occupied by the community, then shooting using drone technology to see and find out the land ng has been occupied by the community.
The results of this photo shoot will be further processed, so that aerial photos are obtained showing the educational forest area that has been occupied, the occupied area and then interpreted to obtain the area and other types of use.
“In the future, this monitoring data can be used as a reference in conducting conflict resolution on problems related to land encroachment in the Unhas Education Forest area carried out by the community or irresponsible individuals, for example through participatory mapping,” explained Faiq.