CYBERTRACKER: AN INFORMATION GENERATING TOOL FOR INCIDENT AND ALIEN PLANT RECORDING
Tarik Bodasing
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Mkhuze Game Reserve

 

Abstract:
Law enforcement and biological monitoring are among the most important activities carried out by conservation management authorities, and affect our Protected Areas, biodiversity and local communities. The data generated from these activities allow us to make better informed decisions and be adaptive in our management approach. In the past, data flow from source to end user has been hampered by complex systems, ineffective data management and poor effort. Using compliance incident and alien plant returns as case studies, I will explain how the advent of CyberTracker has improved our capture of critical information and facilitated the integration of this into new and existing data management systems. Better mapping, early detection and the ability to measure change over time are some of the benefits derived from the wealth of data we are now getting through CyberTracker. These effects have cascaded upwards into our reporting structures and allowed us to provide scientifically rigorous advice to area managers, law enforcement staff and alien plant teams. I will present some of these initial results to illustrate the value of the program not just as a recording instrument, but also as part of the basis of our management within Protected Areas.

 

Presentation Topic
CYBERTRACKER: AN INFORMATION GENERATING TOOL FOR INCIDENT AND ALIEN PLANT RECORDING
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