Posted on 14 September 2018
The CyberTracker is very easy to use, it can be manipulated even by an illiterate during patrols.
At 8 am, equipped with a bottle of water and a CyberTracker, Fahamaro, and three of his peers are already in the spiny forest in southwest Madagascar to find people who are clearing forest. They will complete a circuit of more than 8 hours before returning home. A journey that they do voluntarily for their love of nature.
Fahamaro is a ranger in Amoron'i Onilahy Reserve, a Ramsar Site and community-managed protected area. He explains that it is a sacred act to protect the forest. "The forest ensures the survival of our community. It gives us rain, an important habitat that has been scarce in recent years" says Fahamaro. “This CyberTracker helps us detecting anomalies in the forest", he continues.
The CyberTracker is a mobile application allowing to collect data in the field. It helps to report the pressures on the forest or information on the animals that live there. Very easy to use, it can even be used by an illiterate during the patrols. This information is transmitted instantly to the WWF team and the forest administration via the internet", explain Tojo Rasolozaka of the WWF. This technological breakthrough helps protected area managers to be more proactive in their decision-making from pressures on the forest.
WWF provided a series of trainings to 36 community rangers from Amaron’I Onilahy including Fahamaro to get more familiar with this innovative patrol tool. Next step, portable solar units will be provided to ensure their CyberTrackers autonomy.