Under a programme with the logging company Congolaise Industrielle des Bois (CIB), the Mbendjele people of northern Congo use hand-held devices for resource mapping and monitoring (see here). Concerned about over -hunting by commercial poachers, the community requested new software to capture their knowledge of the poachers’ movements. In response, in 2012 the ExCiteS programme was launched at UCL to develop a set of software for use by communities to record evidence of poachers’ activities and use this knowledge to improve the effectiveness of anti-poaching patrols. The software was developed in consultation with the Mbendjele and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The data collection platform uses Android smartphones and is based on a decision tree of pictorial icons, with smartphone features such as GPS and inbuilt compass used to augment the observations recorded.
Community monitoring of poaching in the Republic of Congo
Sangha region, Northern Congo
International Forest Agenda/s
Wellbeing & social issues