Visual Approach

Discovering Peru's Clandestine Runways

Discovering Clandestine Runways in Peru

In 2015, the US Department of State recognized Peru as the number one country in the world for cocaine production. Since 2011, the Peruvian government has increased the number of annual interdictions, including the destruction of 236 clandestine runways in 2014. Smugglers have long used hasty runways, cut into the thick forest canopy of the Amazon Rainforest. But a focused effort by Peruvian National Police to locate and destroy these runways over the last five years has resulted in the creation of many new runways being cut into the forest. As smugglers spread their network out to evade interdiction, the area that police must monitor increases significantly.

These clandestine runways are easy to identify in satellite imagery, making them the perfect feature for GeoHIVE discovery campaigns. Additionally, the crowd can determine if runways appear to be destroyed, intact, or repaired. Our crowd's ability to search up to 100,000 sqkm each day allows us to cover large areas in a short amount of time.