The right tools for data collection


UNIQUE helps you find the right tool for data collection. We offer customized Apps, SMS-based solutions, drones or a combination of these to establish a solid data base.

Our experience in digital technologies combined with our field expertise helps you to reduce costs, save time and achieve harmonized data sets. We specialize in smallholder surveys, forest inventories and land use management systems. Working in remote areas is no obstacle for us. Most tools can collect data offline.


Smartphones are increasingly shaping everyday life. APPs are an easy way to exchange data with the client, farmer, extension agent, or forest owner.


  • Authorization system
  • Customized data collection modules
  • GPS Mapping and use of external GPS devices
  • Inclusive data analysis
  • Offline functionality
  • Data Verification
  • Multilinguality
  • Upload of vector files
  • Bidirectional communication with the server
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Many farmers in remote areas use short message services (SMS). Get to know the advantages of this technical solution.


  • Simple two-way data exchange system
  • Reception of price and weather forecasts
  • Report of yields and other farm records


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Monitoring with drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones are a versatile new tool to support digitization in land use. We use drones for plantation monitoring, forest owner surveys, inventories and audits. The imagery received from UAVs can becombined with our analytical tools and Web-Dashboard.


  • High resolution, high frequency monitoring
  • Creation of 3d point clouds and a surface model
  • Monitoring of survival rates in plantations
  • Height estimation of trees and forest stands
  • Quick damage assessment
Our showcases

Showcase – National forest inventory in Kyrgyzstan

The second national forest inventory in Kyrgyzstan will serve as the basis for the sustainable development of the sector. UNIQUE was mandated by the World Bank to support the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry ...
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Showcase – National forest monitoring in Vanuatu

Vanuatu is currently completing the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and fo-rest Degradation) readiness phase. UNIQUE conducted a tailor made national forest inventory using state-of-the art digital tools. We developed ...
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Showcase – Smallholder carbon credits in Rwanda

The Livelihoods-ARCOS project is a partnership implemented by the NGO Albertine Rift Conservation Society, and the Livelihoods Carbon Fund. Our digital tools enable carbon certification of the project according to ...
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Showcase – Digitizing forestry in Ethiopia

Amhara Forest Enterprise (AFE) is consolidating its forest activities in the North-East of Ethiopia. Forest Management is restructured and adjusted to international market requirements. This includes the change from a ...
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Showcase – Restoration of Ethiopian coffee landscapes

The Yayu UNESCO Biosphere Reserve protects one of the remnants of the highly diverse natural coffee forests of Ethiopia. These forests are under threat due to population growth and unsustainable ...
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Showcase – Impact monitoring for banks in Latin America

Latin American countries have committed to ambitious forest landscape restoration targets, which play a key role in achieving their Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement. Significant private sector investments ...
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Showcase – Zero deforestation monitoring in Ethiopia

To promote zero-deforestation coffee, GIZ is establishing a sustainable production region in Oromia, Ethiopia. UNIQUE developed a monitoring framework for sustainable production at the landscape level, using the latest information ...
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Showcase – Carbon Coastal Mangrove Project Indonesia

The Livelihoods-Yagasu project in Indonesia is a partnership implemented by the NGO Yagasu, and the Livelihoods Carbon Fund. UNIQUE is the main service provider of the Livelihood Fund and was contracted to support ...
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