Until recently, documenting illegal deforestation was difficult and expensive due to vast areas with little infrastructure. There was a need to go from hand written notes to a digital monitoring and reporting system that could include scientific data validation, a systematic approach to data collection and reducing costs of collecting data. With the It's our forest too app registering data became possible in a systematic way and resulted in validated monitoring reports.
The app is used for 1. Creating reference data incl. time and date; GPS coordinates and phone id is automatically attached to the observation. 2. Primary documentation. Data points included that the patroller documented the observation with a photo and an optional audio recording. 3. Thematic tag. After registration data points are automatically uploaded to an online database and validated by a database manager. Validated reports are subsequently published and get good media coverage.
An estimated 200,000 people, mostly indigenous Kuy, live in and around Prey Lang. While the forest is an integral part of their culture and spiritual life, they also depend on it for their survival such as farming upland rice, and collecting resin, building materials, medicine and food. Another 700,000 live within 10 kilometres of the forest. Protection from illegal logging is essential to the inhabitants. Because of the app illegal logging has been reduced.
The data are used to document the importance of the forest to local livelihoods, international biodiversity conservation, and to report illegal activities to the authorities. PLCN is using these evidence-based data on illegal activities to produce bi-annually reports on the status of Prey Lang forest that are presented in press conference in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. Moreover, biodiversity data are also included in these reports that showcase the possibility of grassroots forest monitoring to be linked with scientific data and through scaling up, to serve as a tool to implement UN goals for biodiversity (SDGs etc.)
|New Implemented Countries||Colombia, Peru, Vietnam, Myanmar|
|Recruit||1 database manager, 1 project manager, 300 volunteers|
|New Feature||We want to create a new feature that will have a focus on the outreach for the end users that want to get the full detailed story including PLCN's followers. PLCN has 32,000 followers on Facebook.|