WWF Russia presented mobile application for counting the snow leopard to the colleagues in India
From 17 to 19 October, 2019 WWF India held a workshop on applying a new method of snow leopard monitoring. The workshop was attended by WWF India, Forest Department of Sikkim, and Kanchendzonga Conservation Committee.
Alexander Karnaukhov, Senior Coordinator of Altai-Sayan Programme of WWF Russia was the key lecturer and presenter at the workshop. He shared with the colleagues the details of the mobile application for snow leopard monitoring called NextGIS Collector, a new and innovative tool developed by WWF Russia in partnership with Moscow IT-company NextGIS. India is the forth country interested in applying the mobile application developed by WWF Russia after Mongolia, Kyrgystan and Tajikistan.
The application was developed in 2018 and first successfully tested in Russia in 2019 during the snow leopard monitoring. It is a new modern step in species monitoring. The digital forms for biologists and rangers who collect the data in the field are simple and easy to fill. The people can record all information just by tapping the screen, all data is automatically uploaded from each smartphone as soon as the phone has internet connection. The digital map (project) on the web-GIS provides for the clear visualization of all tracks, routes and spots to see and easy analyze the collected information. It provides for more accurate and quick data analyzes.
Right at the workshop having received the key information and details about the application the experts from India and Russia developed an English version which was applicable for India. New species and some peculiar local landscape details have been included in the applications digital forms. Russian IT-company experts managed to develop the English version of the application urgently.