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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.
Current Target to inspect Its in about mid 60 meters on a sand bottom at right angles to the natural geomorphology Looks very wreckie Here's hoping
Dive Site Potential dive sites have been identified, including nearby wrecks and reefs, which will offer a platform to teach about ocean wildlife and the threats to the local environment and ocean at large. Although specific dive sites are listed below, the final site will be selected based on oceanic conditions (currents, wildlife abundance, etc.) during reconnaissance dives in the days before the livestream. Hammerhead Reef (best option if currents are strong) Beginning a half-mile south of Port Everglades, Hammerhead Reef stretches for 2.5 miles and ends at the Dania Pier. The base of the reef lies in 80 feet of water on the eastern side and in 60 feet on the western side. The reef rises to as high as 18 feet in some places. Hammerhead Reef contains many undercuts and ledges, which provide shelter for an abundance of tropical marine life. Southern Stingrays can often be found buried in the sand along the edges of the reef. This is a popular drift dive. Wreck of the Jay Scutti • Coordinates: 26.09506’ N & 80.04770’ W • Depth: 70’ to the sand, 56’ to the deck • Description: This 97' Holland Tug Boat was sunk on September 19, 1986. Originally named Airkok from Aruba. This wreck is completely covered in marine life and attracts a lot of different fish. The Jay Scutti forms the middle of the Fort Lauderdale “Wrek Trek”. The Ken Vitale is attached by a chain and lies 100 feet north, while other smaller wrecks are also in the vicinity. Wreck of the Mercedes (Google Preferred Site) • Coordinates: 26.09349’ N & 80.04512’ W • Depth: 90’ to the sand, 60’ to the deck • Description: One of the most famous wrecks in Ft Lauderdale. On Thanksgiving Day in 1984 during a storm, she lost her anchorage and ran aground against a seawall of an exclusive Palm Beach mansion. This 198-foot freighter was sunk in 1985 as part of the artificial reef system. When Hurricane Andrew came, it almost split in half. Most of the center section is destroyed, but the bow is still intact. It is just outside the third reef; which makes this dive one of the best in Fort Lauderdale. Large schools of baitfish are common, attracting both reef and pelagic predators. Wreck of the Mercy Jesus • Coordinates: 26.09635’ N & 80.04747’ W • Depth: 70’ to the sand, 60’ to the deck • Description: The Mercy Jesus is a 90’ Freighter that was sunk in 1998. This wreck is located north of the Ken Vitale Memorial about 120 feet away and northernmost wreck in the Fort Lauderdale wreck-trek. Even though it is a small wreck, it attracts a lot of marine life. A Nurse Shark has made this wreck its home. Wreck of the Hog Heaven • Coordinates: 26.0845’N & 80.04874’W • Depth: 65’ to the sand, 55’ to the deck • Description: 180-foot barge that lies upside down. This wreck was sunk as part of the Artificial Reef System and it flipped while it was making its way to the bottom of the ocean spreading the dredge pipes that it was carrying. Thirty feet north are the remains of the Pacific Reef Lighthouse. Just south you will find 1,200 feet of dredge pipe and concrete bridge beams. This in one of the best dives in Fort Lauderdale because of the abundant marine life that is attracted to the diverse artificial habitat.
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
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