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The SMART software helps protected areas in the Amur River Basin to monitor animal migrations and to combat poaching

13 december 2018
SMART system for collecting and managing field data is being introduced in protected areas of the Amur River basin with support of WWF Russia. It helps to organize field observation data and improve wildlife resource management.

On November 27-30, WWF Russia jointly with WWF-Wildlife Crime Initiative conducted a workshop on implementing SMART software (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) for the staff of Directorate of Wildlife and PAs Management of Amurskaya Province, the Bikin National Park, and the Ussuriisky and the Far East Marine Nature Reserves. This tool is used worldwide to collect, store and evaluate data for protection of rare and endangered species and for effective management of protected areas. To introduce SMART, WWF Russia has purchased 60 smartphones and four laptops, and handed them over to the protected areas. The knowledge gained in the course of the workshop and the equipment will enable SMART implementation in the Amur-Heilong ecoregion.

On the right: Alexander Wyatt, Wildlife Law Enforcement Program Officer of WWF-Wildlife Crime Initiative
A workshop on implementing SMART software for the staff of protected areas
Alexey Kostyria / WWF Russia
According to Alexander Wyatt, Wildlife Law Enforcement Program Officer of WWF-Wildlife Crime Initiative was invited to be the leading expert of the training, “SMART is an immensely powerful tool for adaptive protected area management. The tool, which was initially developed for law enforcement monitoring, has become a versatile management tool with various functions and capabilities, from ecological monitoring to intelligence features to monitoring human-wildlife conflict, working in sync with mobile data collection devices carried by staff on the front line making use of the information they gather on a daily basis. The tool has been rolled out throughout the world spanning many countries and continents, and is now being implemented at over 600 sites globally, thanks primarily to its usability and effectiveness. Russia is in a great position to adapt SMART for assisting in the management of protected areas. Training has already been provided to staff managing a number of sites in the country and support is on hand from organizations such as WWF where necessary. With quality SMART data comes information which will empower protected area managers in Russia to make effective decisions in the interest of wildlife conservation and management.
Participants of the workshop on SMART software implementation
Alexey Kostyria / WWF Russia
The participants were trained how to use the software and collect data in the field. With the application the protected areas staff will be able to register and upload all facts of violations thus creating a database on poachers including photo and video materials. Moreover, it allows to record visual observation and tracks of animals. All this data will be automatically transmitted from a smartphone to the PA’s office to be further processed and analyzed.
“SMART is an-easy-to-use software; it has a great set of tools to generate reports and analyze data uploaded on-line to the database. With the data received the unceasingly updated system is being formed to monitor major indicators such as the number of patrols, their length and site, the encounters of animal tracks and animals’ distribution on a protected area, sites of violations and poaching etc. As a result, we are close to introduce adaptive management which is a higher quality model of protection, said Alexey Kostyria, Ph.D, senior coordinator of rare species conservation unit at WWF Russia Amur branch.
Participants of the workshop on SMART software implementation
WWF Russia
The equipment is actively used in the Bikin National Park and in Amurskaya Province. In winter 2019, rangers of the Directorate of PAs Management of Amurskaya Province will conduct winter surveys using new gadgets.
«At present, 14 gadgets are distributed among the municipal units located within the potential Amur tiger range and in the area of the roe deer migration route. In the future we hope to provide smartphones for the whole staff to collect data. One click is enough and we’ll be able to see the whole picture. For instance, knowing the roe deer migration route, we’ll strengthen protection measures in that area. The same is for recording poaching. We’ll be able to monitor the sites with high poaching and take necessary measures. Moreover, SMART will help to evaluate the rangers’ work, says Dmitry Khudoleev, game manager at the Directorate of Wildlife and PAs Management of Amurskaya Province.
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