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Participatory monitoring of poaching in the Congo basin
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    Stevens MLL, Vitos M, Lewis J, Haklay M
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    GISRUK 2013, the 21st GIS Research UK conference
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    Liverpool, England, UK
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    Citizen Science, Mobile Sensing, Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Social-Environmental Justice
Supporting communities to share and apply their knowledge of local environmental conditions using scientifically accepted methods can lead to improvements in environmental governance and social-environmental justice. In this paper we discuss our project that seeks to enable the Mbendjele hunter-gatherers in the Congo basin rainforests to monitor and map the activities of commercial poachers in their area. The goal is to allow more effective control over poachers, and, moreover, to curb the harassment the Mbendjele suffer at the hands of corrupt “eco-guards”. The fact that the users are non-literate as wells as the harsh rainforest conditions pose significant challenges that we are tackling with our “Anti-Poaching” data collection platform, of which we describe the first prototype.
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