Ranger Data collection as a tool for ecosystem monitoring

Virunga as a first National Park in Africa is facing several threats which need to be monitored so that people can measure the level and extents of different threats and apply a suitable strategy.

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Rangers on patrols in Vitshumbi areas

In order to ensure its protection, Virunga Park rangers are in patrols everyday in different accessible areas of the Park. During their exercise, they collect data about animals, habitats and other specific information which may inform people about the ecosystem health.

To enable this, we have been working with ICCN (Park Authority) to establish a system whereby rangers collect data on the ground and entered into computer at station and headquarters levels so that the data can be processed and analysed to give out information.

To reach this level, there are different activities implemented and others which need to be covered. We’ve been able to train, equip and supervise the different stations in the system. Still, there is need of getting senior rangers to the different ranger posts to assess the way data is collected and ensure that outside data is collected (information about fishing, population in fishing villages, etc.). As the equipment going to the field is facing handling problems (rain, lost during gunshot exchange), there is need of having other supplies such as GPS, computers, etc.

At least, the system has shown the different changes all over the 4 years of the database. There is a decrease in some illegal activities and increase in encountering animals on the field.

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Kobs in Virunga Park

Let’s hope for Virunga.


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3 Comments

  1. TheTeach, Seattle
    Posted July 28, 2008 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    Great to see the kobs. How are the elephants in the park doing? Best Wishes

  2. Naomi
    Posted February 26, 2009 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    I am finishing work in March/April (I have a small amount of savings to get by short term but I will eventually need paid work for food and accommodation) and want to dedicate my life to all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation & conservation in Africa or America. Please can you advise if there are any Wildlife volunteering/paid projects where I could be of use?

    Many thanks
    Naomi

  3. Posted January 29, 2010 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Hi Naomi,
    Sorry that you comment was caught in spams. It depends on what you are interesting into. Can you send me a private email at deokujirak@yahoo.fr?

    Thanks

    Deo

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