The drone image that Irina Fedorenko brings up on her computer screen is deceptive at first: a bird’s-eye view of sparsely treed terrain, threaded by winding, sand-colored pathways. She zooms in, and the unmistakable shape of a boat becomes clear, paddled by two people along one of many narrow streams in Myanmar’s Irawaddy Delta.
Fedorenko is the co-founder of Biocarbon Engineering, a U.K.-based ecosystem restoration company, which took the aerial photograph. “This is an example of the mapping we do before every project,” she says. “You can see every tree, every blade of grass. And this here is mangrove.”
Switching to a satellite image of the same area, those details disappear.
But another move