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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.
I am at London victoria waiting for a coach to Dover. It is a rainy morning and it started early for me, up at 1am to make sure I hadn't forgotten anything, then a walk in the dark with my pack to get the 3.25am coach. A few drunk people stumbling around me on the way, unable to speak although one did ask me where the city centre was as he weaved in the opposite direction. I met a woman on her way to Burma and we chatted about her work there. Now I am thinking about the call of the road and how it compels me forward as it does us all. Since time began, humans have ispften been intrigued by an open path. I love standing on train tracks which sounds odd I know. But as I stand there, looking both ways at tracks that go straight in to the distance and feel never ending, like the rainbow, I feel an upsurge of joy at what could be discovered if I followed those tracks. Which way and for how long? What will I find when or if I get there? What riches in terms of experiences... So embrace the open road and it will embrace you!
The Palo Alto! After a 10 minute hike to the beach I saw a long pier with a wrecked ship at the end of it, turns out it's the Palo Alto! After talking to the park rangers I discovered that with some kayaks we might be able to deploy the Aro V into the boat but if we get in contact with the fishing game commission we might actually get permission to go onto the boat with construction workers! <a href="http://bit.ly/1Gj2sUl" data-longurl="http%3A%2F%2Fen.m.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FSS_Palo_Alto">en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Palo_Alto</a>
After arriving at our intended destination, we discovered that the tide was super low- there was approximately 10-15 meters of much and marsh pretty much entirely across the coast line that we were planning on entering the water from, and we were ill-equipped for marching across marsh and muck. We quickly realized from a distance that a dive was not possible from this location. We then drove back up to Islais Creek as before, and to our surprise the water line was also very low. We took a hike around the surrounding area, near some homeless encampments under freeway over passes, talked to some of the locals who lived in nearby tents and they gave us their account of the surrounding nature, wildlife and foot traffic in the area. We saw a cormorant, a seal and a robin during this hike. After hiking to the other side of the creek we decided that it wasn't a good day for deploying the ROV. We headed back to OpenROV HQ to start our workday. However we shall return to the area soon, and we will check tide charts before we leave next time. -Nima
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