Environmentalists of Siberia learned basics of GIS technologies and mobile app
Twenty employees of environmental organizations of Altai-Sayan ecoregion learned the basics of working with the NextGIS Collector mobile application and using geographic information systems for nature protection. The meeting and training was help on December 19-21, in Gorno-Altaisk, the capital city of Altai Republic. Participants learned to register nature protection violations (snares, traps, poachers, etc.), encountered animals and other information with the touch of a screen. The training was organized by the WWF-Russia in partnership with Sailyugemsky National Park. The lectures were experts of NextGIS IT-company from Moscow.
The mobile application collects data on environmental crimes, encounters with animals and traces animals (paw prints, scrapes, scuff marks, urine marks), characteristics of the territory (exposure, type of soil, vegetation), etc. The program automatically determines and saves the exact coordinates, date and time of the meeting of the object. Smartphone data is automatically synchronized with the server as soon as the mobile phone enters the mobile coverage area. This helps to avoid errors when recording coordinates, which is often the case with traditional work with paper tables, the information of which is transferred to electronic forms.
participants of the training in Gorno-Altaisk were employees of environmental
organizations of the Republic of Altai - Saylyugemsky National Park, Altaisky
Reserve, Directorate of the Altai PAs, Ukok Quiet Zone and Uch-Enmek Natural
Parks, the Tyva Republic - the Ubsunurskaya Hollow Nature Reserve, and the
Natural Park " Tyva”, Republic of Buryatia – Tunkinsky National Park.
WWF-Russia hopes that by the end of 2022, trained inspectors will use the application regularly in their work.
The NextGIS Collector mobile application for snow leopard accounting was developed in 2018 on the initiative and with the support of the Altai-Sayan branch of WWF and the World Around You Foundation of Siberian Wellness. The main goal of implementing the application is to automate the collection of data on the registration of the number and condition of snow leopard groups, environmental violations, reduce the duration of expeditions and simplify field work.