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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.
Mission Day 9 – Bonus 2 The tech team from Novalta has processed the batch from today’s acquisition dive and we’re all happy to share with you the amazing results showcasing all the efforts spent in digital mapping of the working zone 2 and its many artifacts. Here is the first 3D model. Enjoy !!!
We are quite overdue for an update, and want to let you all know where we are at in our planning and adventures. The OpenROV is up and running and has had a few test dives. We are aiming to have a few controls more consistent and still work out some bugs. Now with our pool filled and warming, we will have a chance to take that on. The footage that we have captured is too long for posting. We would LOVE some feedback on trimming it from the ScreenCastify format to post here. Someone hold our hand and show us how??? The Kraken, our adventure bus, is done with the final touches, and we are ready to document our process. Pictures will be coming soon, with all the details on how you can do one too. It's awesomer than we hoped! ;) National Maker Faire is on the horizon and we are packing our bags for that next adventure...will we see OpenROV there??
We are preparing to deploy our ROVs and sensors into the oil spill site, and to examine the sea floor for any deposited oil, or affected sea life. We are awaiting approval from the Unified Command. Whenever there is a large scale disaster, whether it is a large fire, earthquake, oil spill or something else, there is a system in place to manage it. It was designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is called the Incident Command System. (ICS) The ICS essentially establishes a chain of command in regard to an incident, and there are delegated positions within an incident, and it is often not limited to only one agency, those who arrive first assume command, then pass it off and necessary. In the case of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill, the Unified Command is comprised of the: Coast Guard, National Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Transportation and local government. (<a href="http://bit.ly/1d2WQ9p" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1d2WQ9p">refugioresponse.com</a>) Being that this event is both a physical, and a health hazard, there are many factors that go into managing an incident like this. The area is completely closed off, and authorization for any activity within the site requires express written permission and proper training. I spent many years as a Paramedic and I am used to operating in situations like this, but not all have, so I'd like to talk a little about an effort to help in a situation like this entails, so others in the future can know the risks and understand the steps that are involved. This will be a bit lengthy, for the internet world, the TL;DR is: Be safe, educate yourself, and realize that though the red tape can be exhausting, but it is there to reduce the likelihood of injury. Read more at <a href="http://bit.ly/1G5VtUt" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1G5VtUt">aarr.piratelab.org/uncategorized/300</a>
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