This paper discusses a project that seeks to enable non-literate Mbendjele hunter-gatherers in the Congo basin rainforests to use smartphone technology to monitor and map the activities of commercial poachers in their area. The goal is to allow more effective control over poachers and to curb the harassment the Mbendjele suffer at the hands of corrupt “eco-guards”. The paper describes the first prototype of the “Anti-Poaching” data collection platform that was developed by the project. The information it provides will be of interest to decision makers involved in designing and establishing user-friendly methodologies for community-based mapping and monitoring of forest resource use.
Participatory monitoring of poaching in the Congo Basin