Drone regulation: A guide to the laws governing UAVs

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – otherwise known as drones – is becoming increasingly common in agriculture for the management of crops, livestock and fisheries.

Yet, there is currently no agreed . However, this report on drone governance satisfies the pressing demand for a clear set of guidelines on the regulations governing the use of UAVs in different countries.

The report provides a summary of the existing policies, laws and regulations regarding the use of UAVs in the 79 ACP countries. The informative study, carried out by CTA, is essential for any farming or fishing organisation using drones to facilitate data collection and monitoring. The results of the research contributed to the population of an online database, comprised of a straightforward country directory with helpful summaries of national drone laws that are regularly updated in line with any changes to regulations.

Co-author, Giacomo Rambaldi, explains that, “Governance is a key issue for the development of consulting services based on the use of drones, which has begun in an almost total legal vacuum.” The information provided in the report was sourced from online newspapers; civil aviation authorities; businesses engaged in sales of UAV-related equipment and training UAV operators; and project websites on UAV-related research programmes and initiatives. This thorough research is sure to promote the responsible use of UAVs across ACP regions.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.