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The SMART system helps to protect wildlife and evaluate the efficiency of patrols

28 february 2020
The Bikin National Park awarded the best inspectors who showed their best in foot patrol in 2019. The best performing inspectors were determined thanks to the SMART approach that is put in practice in the national park with support of WWF Russia.
The SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) is an integrated spatial monitoring system that enables to collect, store, transmit and analyze data on illegal activities in protected areas and hunting sites. Due to its effectiveness, this tool has become a world leader in adaptive wildlife management solutions.
Inspectors of the protection department of the Bikin National Park
Bikin National Park
The SMART tool was introduced in the Bikin National Park in 2018 after training organized by WWF Russia. The implementation of this system made it possible to visualize the number of covered tracks and exact location of each group of specialists during patrol, how many kilometers each of them walked on foot, traveled by car, boat or snowmobile. The Bikin National Park noted that the SMART system enables both to evaluate strong points of inspectors, and omissions such as non-activated devices or reduced route. The distance crossed on foot recorded by the tracker speaks of the responsibility of the inspector.
The key protection target in the Bikin National Park
Bikin National Park / Amur Tiger Center / WWF Russia
“An individual assessment of the efficiency of each inspector and improving the patrolling work - this is the exact result we expected from implementing the SMART in the Amur River basin. The final result depends on each ranger performing its best - in this case, the protection of tiger habitats of the Bikin National Park,” comments Alexey Kostyria, PhD, senior project coordinator of rare species conservation unit of WWF Russia Amur branch. Currently, the SMART system is used in more than 765 protected areas in 60 countries, and in 14 countries it is approved on the governmental level as an analytical tool for the protection of natural territories. We are glad that in the Amur Ecoregion along with protected areas of national level within the Amur tiger range, this system is being introduced by the Wildlife Management Department and the Directorate of Protected Areas of Amurskaya province, and Khabarovsky province also got interested in this system.”

The main advantage of the SMART system is that it is easy to use and has powerful tools for automatic data analysis, which are input into the database and generates a report in real time. A regularly updated system is being created for monitoring key indicators such as the number, place and length of raids, sites of law violations and poaching, encountering animal tracks and their distribution through the protected area.

When summing up the results of inspectors work in the Bikin National Park, Innokenty Barylnik became the undisputed leader in foot patrolling he covered 463 kilometers in the taiga in 2019 (that equals the distance between London and Paris). The second place is taken by Sergey Peonka, he walked a route equal to the distance from Los Angeles to San-Francisco (380 km). Konstantin Suanka almost covered the route from Rome to Napoli, he traveled 224 kilometers and was the third best inspector.
(on the left) Sergey Peonka, inspector of the Bikin National Park and Alexey Kudryavtsev, director of the Bikin NP
Inspectors of the protection department of the Bikin National Park
Bikin National Park
“SMART approach to our work creates additional motivation. It shows that our work is appreciated and this is inspiring. We all love to be the first, everyone wants to win. And SMRT rules are clear and transparent,” said Sergey Peonka, one of the leaders in nature conservation at the Bikin National Park.
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