Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones open up a new technological frontier and offer a range of exciting opportunities for the management of crops, livestock, fisheries, forests and other natural resource-based activities. UAVs also offer opportunities, at the grassroots’ level, for communities to monitor use of and access to the resources that their livelihoods depend upon.
The use of UAVs in agriculture is a recent development and poses a number of challenges to interested users and national aviation authorities – including those linked to the use of UAVs within their airspace. A repository of current and forthcoming policies, laws and regulations governing UAV use that these bodies can refer to, would be very useful but does not exist at present.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) wishes to facilitate the responsible use of small UAVs and related software applications to improve the management of crops, fishing grounds and other resource-based activities. To that end, this study aimed to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the current UAV-related regulations in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.