Rainforest communities can now report illegal logging with their mobile phones

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015

Rhett A. Butler 


Communities in the Central African rainforest can now report illegal logging in their territories as it happens, potentially enabling real-time law enforcement action. 
The system, developed in a partnership between Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) and Forêts et Développement Rural (FODER), enables users to collect information on a tablet or smart phone and rely the data via a satellite modem transmitter, eliminating the need to be connected to a conventional mobile network. Transmission cost is roughly the same as a text message, according to RFUK. 
"Our ‘real time’ technology is potentially a game-changer, as it helps empower forest people even in the remotest areas, and could transform the way that forests are monitored and governed," said RFUK Executive Director Simon Counsell in a statement. "It can be an important and cost-effective complement to satellite-based monitoring, providing 'crowd-sourced' qualitative data." 


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