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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.
A lifetime of work studying the threatened desert tortoise has taught me about the threats they face. This project will use new tools (internet mediated remotely operated vehicles, lasers, modern tracking technology) to make unprecedented strides in addressing those threats while engaging massive numbers of collaborators.
Hack-a-thon-a-thon Hack-a-thon n. a gathering of a group of innovators, usually for an extended time and aided by various caffeine products and pizza pies, for the purpose of modifying existing devices with a goal of invention or the refinement of inventions If New York is the city that never sleeps the Bay Area is the region that never stops making stuff up. It's like they forgot to design in an off switch. In the last week I have been hanging out in Berkeley at Open ROV, where they are designing revolutionary exploration submersibles. They're helping Hardshell develop a tortoise observation and protection rover. Yesterday I visited the Auto Desk lab at Pier 9 to get some tortoise shells scanned for 3D printing of raven lures and the day before that I was talking to my friends at Ballistic UAV, creators of Game of Drones. They are ensconced at Highway 1, a business incubator, in San Francisco and we're discussing conservation applications of their copters. I'm on the BART right now to go meet Andrea Barrica, entrepreneur-in-residence with 500 Start-ups. Being around this many people doing this many things that have never been possible before is both exhilarating and exhausting. I feel like Alice just after she fell down the rabbit hole. I love my visits here but I'm ready to go walk in the desert. I need the space to just digest the possibilities. The future has quite a future.
27/3/2015 One month ago today we were making our way up from our first base camp to second base camp. Now I am back in Europe, Andy is back in the USA and Brian possibly in Transit after wrapping up the Ant course at the Biodiversity Center. The expedition ended for Andy and me the night the car broke down and we jumped in the taxi that the car mechanic arrived in. Back to hotel Mahavoky in Fort Dauphin for a few hours sleep before our flight to Tana at 6 am the next morning. From what I've gathered through Brian's Tweets (<a href="/profile/ant_explorer" rel="username">@ant_explorer</a>) the rest of the team spent a few days running all over Fort Dauphin and flying in parts from Tana to get the car fixed in order to leave for their next destination - the spiny bush. Perfect climate for their feet to recover from foot rot. We made it to the summit, but we did not find the ant. I have not fully realized that I may never go back up that mountain again. Brian's experience got us to the summit with such efficiency. Even if I return to Madagascar, reaching that summit again would entail a whole new expedition. The paths we trod and the camps we left behind are still there now, but who knows what will stay. Will our camps become farms? The jungle turned to rice fields? It appears this is what happened to some of the French camp sites after their expedition passed through in 1971. One of the farms we passed on our second day, where we were served manioc, bred (a spinach like leaf vegetable) and given peanuts, could have been their 1st camp. "Finding the ant" remains in the back of my head as a placeholder for some sort of distant goal. Somewhere to head for, while concentrating on all that happens along the way. This feeling is definitely a remnant from my overall experience during this expedition. The biodiversity goal during the expedition was to: - collect the ant - collect lots of other ants along the way Back in the lab: - extract DNA - publish results - use knowledge for conservation Our Dissemination Lab goal (or what I want to call "electro-diversity" goal - more about this in a future post) was to: - be there (and keep up) - build there - bring back stuff The "being there" part was not something I anticipated listing as a goal, that simply being in a new environment would be so incredibly challenging and inspiring. As Andy so nicely put it in two of his journal entries transcribed bellow: "I'm in the jungle and EVERYTHING IS HARD TO DO" (Final Day in Cloud Camp) "The jungle is a ridiculously inspiring place to work" (02-25-2015, Up to Cloud Forest Base Camp) The "building there" part also came more laden with insight than I'd imagined. Making things is simply such a fitting way to explore a new environment. As a process it works similar to a lens through which you can look at things and see them differently. For example I was looking for a good material to make a speaker membrane from - all of a sudden everything I look at becomes a potential material for moving air. I touch, handle and look for things that have ideal properties for amplifying vibrating and moving air. One leaf in particular (still trying to find what plant it was from >> <a href="http://bit.ly/1D8gexj" data-longurl="https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fr%2Fwhatsthisplant%2Fcomments%2F303raf%2Fany">reddit.com/r/whatsthisplant/comments/303raf/any</a>ideawhatplantthisleafisfromfound_in/) worked especially well as a coiled membrane and resonant body. The "bringing stuff back" part entailed what I had expected it would, that we would build stuff and document it to share with the Internet. But besides project documentation we brought back so much more we want to share. If only for entertainment sake, we definitely want to convey the adventurous aspects of the expedition. What we learned by setting up our JungleLab, then realizing we had enough gear with us to easily spend some weeks camped out and making stuff, is high on our list of things to document and publish. All the great exchanges between Andy and myself about why we do what we do... All these things we've brought back, we are currently digesting and slowly sharing in different ways. Here are some project tutorials that are already up online: Ultra-Lightweight Tyvek Backpacking Belt >> <a href="http://bit.ly/1D8gexi" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fwww.instructables.com%2Fid%2FUltra-Lightweight-Tyvek-Backpacking-Belt%2F">instructables.com/id/Ultra-Lightweight-Tyvek-Backpacking-Belt</a> Jungle Speakers >> <a href="http://bit.ly/1D8gexh" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fwww.instructables.com%2Fid%2FJungle-Speakers%2F">instructables.com/id/Jungle-Speakers</a> VinPro Camera Head Mount >> <a href="http://bit.ly/1D8gdtf" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fwww.instructables.com%2Fid%2FVinePro-Camera-Head-Mount%2F">instructables.com/id/VinePro-Camera-Head-Mount</a> Fiber-Optic Jungle Insect Traffic Taster >> <a href="http://bit.ly/1NmINXx" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fwww.instructables.com%2Fid%2FFiber-Optic-Jungle-Insect-Traffic-Taster%2F">instructables.com/id/Fiber-Optic-Jungle-Insect-Traffic-Taster</a> One of our evening activities was to draw up individual maps of our trek up to the first base-camp. Then we passed our maps around and explained them to each other. I loved seeing everybody's different drawing styles and from these hand-drawn maps I've compiled a map of our entire route - from Manantanina to the summit and back. Enjoy!
Team Member Blog Post Name: Uriel Lopez Question: What attracts you to the ROV project? Answer: The whole of act creating something that can explore the unknown to me is fascinating and exciting. Open ROV gives me the opportunity to learn a little more about my community and I like how this project contributes to my knowledge of engineering. Q: What did you do today? A: We assembled the main structures and cemented them. We did something to the motors. Q: Where should our ROV go to explore? A: The ROV should explore the various lakes and maybe large pond of Oakland like Lake Merritt and such.
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