Tadala Makuluni

Tadala Makuluni

co-founder, Nyasa Aerial Data & Solutions


At Nyasa Aerial Data and Solutions, our mission is clear: to be the leading company in Africa, providing innovative and cutting-edge geospatial services that make a positive impact on our environment. Since our establishment in 2020, we have been at the forefront of transformative initiatives, bringing together a dynamic team of African Drone and Data Academy graduates, including two talented women, dedicated to reshaping the future of environmental solutions. Our diverse range of activities includes carbon quantification and verification, where we employ state-of-the-art techniques such as aerial images, field measurements, and literature reviews to estimate tree biomass from satellite images. We have successfully extended our expertise to community mapping for water reticulation projects, conducting comprehensive aerial mapping and ground surveys in collaboration with stakeholders in locations such as Mangochi and Chikwawa districts. We have also worked with different stakeholders to map degraded landscapes and areas prone or affected by floods in Malawi. Our commitment to innovation is evident in our exploration of literature reviews, the estimation of above-ground biomass in the African Miombo woodland forest from satellite images, and the utilization of drone technology to map flood-prone areas. We take pride in our holistic approach, summarizing both aerial and ground surveys into data and information products, including cartographic maps that serve as invaluable tools for decision-makers. In 2021, we achieved significant recognition by winning the Copernicus Space Competition in Africa, a testament to our excellence and innovation in space technology and environmental monitoring. Beyond awards, our contributions extend to the training of community leaders for fieldwork and active participation in the delivery of GIS and Drone Technology Training in Malawi.

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Adaptation, Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, Carbon Markets, Carbon removals, Circular economy, Cooperation & partnerships, Digitalization, Disaster relief, Education, Extreme weather, Humanitarian Development, Innovation, Loss and damage, Mitigation, Modelling, Nature / biodiversity, Transparency, Urbanization, Youth

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