WWF launсhed Telegram bot to traсk fires in proteсted areas
The Telegram bot, Thermal hotspots in especially protected natural areas has been launched: https://t.me/signal_na_oopt . Every day, every 4 hours, the data on possible fires in protected natural areas is automatically published in the channel.
The specific programme receives data on new thermal points through analyzing satellite images of the open public sources. Today, channel covers the territories of the Siberian Federal District and the Republic of Buryatia, eleven administrative units of the RF.
First of all, the channel was launched for employees of specially protected natural areas, the Ministries of Natural Resources and environmental institutions that ensure fire safety in protected natural areas.
Every day every 4 hours the data about new hotspots within the boundaries of the PAs is automatiсally posted in Telegram bot. The data has the region, the PA’s name and the сoordinates of the possible fires.
So, the employees of protected areas can quickly get the information and respond immediately. The rangers of Salair National Park were the first to check the warning system in the Altai Territory. Employees of the national park received a signal about two thermal points within the boundaries of the protected area, went out to have a check and found two burning buildings that had already been extinguished by firefighters.
So far, the Telegram channel monitors only thermal points in protected areas: reserves, nature reserves, etc. If the experience is successful, the WWF Russia will continue to develop the project and expand the geography.