Creating Mangrove Forests in the UAE

SAPHI developed a scalable custom seed spreading system to integrate in with major drone assets for creating mangrove forests in the middle east.

Client Testimonial

“SAPHI's team brought an exceptional level of technical acumen and collaborative spirit to our mangrove restoration drone spreader project. Their ability to design and deliver robust, custom systems, enabled us to meet ambitious ecological goals in the UAE's challenging environments.”

Dendra Team

What Was The Background?

In an ambitious effort to combat climate change and restore biodiversity, Dendra, a leading environmental technology company, embarked on a significant project to restore mangrove forests in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dendra’s innovative approach, RestorationOSTM combines field ecology best-practice with high-resolution imagery, analysed through an AI-enabled data platform, to drive world-class ecosystem restoration outcomes. With a proven track record in restoring diverse ecosystems, from arid lands to mangroves, Dendra sought to leverage its technological and ecological expertise to address the pressing need for mangrove restoration in the UAE.

What Was The Problem?

The ambition was as vast as the landscape itself— to restore 27.3M coastal mangroves. Recognizing mangroves as both vital carbon sinks and natural coastal protectors. To fulfill their ambitious goal, Dendra required an advanced drone-based platform for mangrove seeding, designed for wide-scale seed dispersal. This state-of-the-art system had to be developed and deployed within just 3 months, showcasing the urgency and the innovative drive behind their environmental mission.

What Was The Solution?

In collaboration with Dendra, SAPHI’s experienced development team combined its cross-functional expertise in mechatronics, electrical and computer engineering to develop the innovative drone-based mangrove seeding platform. The team at SAPHI were responsible for the design, development, manufacture and roll out of the technology capable of reaching the target of 27.3 million coastal mangroves.


The solution was a fleet of six custom-designed seed spreading systems capable of efficiently and effectively distributing mangrove seeds across designated restoration areas. These systems were engineered to be robust and versatile, capable of operating in the challenging environmental conditions of the UAE. Our team supported the project remotely as they were operating in the UAE and now have our sights set on future collaborations right here in Australia.

What Were The Outcomes?

  • The system has successfully operated in the UAE testing environment.
  • Achieved the capability to seed up to 100,000 mangroves daily, showcasing exceptional efficiency and scalability.
  • For every attendee at COP28, the systems distributed ten mangrove seeds, symbolizing the commitment to restoring biodiversity and combating climate change.

What Support Did SAPHI Offer After Completion?

SAPHI provides customised packages to support the full system development life cycle and implementation of upgrades to support the evolving needs of our clients and their customers.


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