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Drones for Justice: Rainforest Conservation and Protection by Local Communities in Borneo, IndonesiaTayan, Kabupaten Sanggau, West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, Jan 27 to Feb 28 This expedition aims on mapping rainforest with an extraordinary high biodiversity. The remote area is subject to anthropogenic disturbances large scale logging, mining and oil palm plantations. Indonesian spatial planning process actually gives locals a chance to influence spatial plans. The key is the locals need to provide maps proving that the forest are still exist and they need to provide that the forest is conserved and protected through the customary system sustainably. The locals need to obtain the status of “customary forest” in order to protect the remaining forest. Conventional participatory mapping might take months in remote areas, using drones is way more efficient and more accurate. Scientifically, UAVs as a method to conduct participatory mapping and to monitor land-use-changes provides a promising methods and arena for further research. Technically, very-high resolution geo-referenced map will be developed through methods of using UAV to take aerial images of the forest, then developed into maps and legal documents for the local communities. Educationally, training in mapping forest using UAVs Communities, NGOs and government agencies is believed to give community strength to support their on-going efforts in protecting the forest, thus promoting environmental and social justice. We will explore the geographical heart of Borneo in West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The area is covered by some of the last remaining primary rainforests worldwide, that harbors an extraordinary high biodiversity and local communities that depend on it. We use UAVs for aerial mapping, showing the importance and the beauty of this ecosystem.
The 2015 OCEAN71 expedition will take place in Fiskardo, in the northern part of Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. The endeavor of this new expedition encompasses two different missions : the survey of underwater remains of a shot and sunk english Beaufighter bomber plane and an ethological approach of the endangered Mediterranean monk seal. Both missions will deploy innovative survey techniques by air or diving investigations.
Hello shark friends! I’m finally back home after a long series of trips and expeditions that have kept me occupied nearly all year. In the last 12 months I have traveled to 7 countries, participated in 3 expeditions (about 100 days at sea), and 4 workshops. I am totally excited for the rest of the year and have already started planning my next adventures, including my return to the Southern Indian Ocean. In order to expand how we explore our ocean, I am designing and building my own deep-sea imaging system to deploy on future voyages. However, as a student I do not have the means to finance the project, so I have created a gofundme account in an effort to raise money. Please visit, share, and donate (if you can). I am fortunate enough to visit a lot of remote locations, and I would really like to share the experience with my fellow shark lovers.<a href="http://bit.ly/1IPIbab" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gofundme.com%2FExploreEarth">gofundme.com/ExploreEarth</a> Thanks! Paul
And now we have a bus puppet :) It seems stopping at a simple adventure bus didn't happen, and we have added a fun, quirky element: a Kraken puppet. The video can be seen here: <a href="http://bit.ly/1Hv2MEb" data-longurl="https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D0WOYUMH1MGo">youtube.com/watch?v=0WOYUMH1MGo</a> The instructable here: <a href="http://bit.ly/1Hv2MEa" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fwww.instructables.com%2Fid%2FInflatable-Kraken-Tentacles-a-bus-puppet%2F">instructables.com/id/Inflatable-Kraken-Tentacles-a-bus-puppet</a> Just to make you smile :)
Got my Safe-T-Puller Light Commercial model in the mail today. It has a 300lb lifting capacity and should be ample for gear hauling and towed side scan operations. I still have to build up an A-Frame and do all the wiring to the main batteries on the boat, but I should get something together in a month or two. Thanks <a href="/profile/garyfabian" rel="username">@garyfabian</a> for the great idea of using this piece of tech. I'm glad I won't have to haul anything in by hand anymore!
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