Smartphones promoted as a tool for indigenous forest protection
Mongabay.com, 23 July 2012

CALIFORNIA, USA: Representatives of indigenous communities and their supporters have advocated that international policies like REDD be increasingly managed by the communities themselves. A new strategy in this effort is to train local residents to use smart phone “apps” to collect geographic data and photographs, allowing them to monitor the health of forests essential to their livelihoods, according to a report by the Global Canopy Program. Local data can then be incorporated into national databases so they become linked with remote sensing data. The Global Canopy Program argues that the technique will create a more collaborative and transparent monitoring system while bolstering community forest management practices. Such efforts are seen as a way of empowering indigenous people to utilize their local knowledge in forest management. However, the use of sophisticated technology such as Android smartphones raises significant questions about different knowledge systems and the integration of local knowledge with more universalized scientific information. Read the article …

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