Information is collected using a tablet computer or smartphone by members of a local community.
Using a bespoke app, the information is coded and then transmitted to an online repository via a satellite modem transmitter.
The information is stored in a central geographical database where it can be accessed and analysed by experts and/or automatically re-broadcast for in-field verification of the reports. The incident reports can be searched for numerous variables, such as the name of company involved, type of infraction etc.
The verification stage allows for collection of additional information about any given incident reported; for instance on the approximate date when it took place, whether it is isolated or a regular occurrence, its author, possible causes and observed impacts and for documenting it visually. The verifier could also assess how the information should be acted on by enforcement agencies.
Once verified, information would to be sent on to enforcement or other agencies.
Over the course of the live testing period, the two communities reported more than 40 incidents of illegal forestry activities ~ including illegal cutting and log-marking, but also relating to illegal environmental destruction and failure of loggers to comply with their social obligations.
The communities transmitted the data in real time via satellite modem transmitter to the MappingForRights repository
The information was stored in a central geographical database where it can accessed and analysed by experts and/or automatically re-broadcast for in-field verification of the reports.
Around 20 of these observations were verified in the field by our local partner FODER
The information is now ready to be sent on to relevant authorities, enforcement agencies and all those with an interest in putting a stop to illegal logging in this region.