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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.
Being ultralight backpackers, camping while kayaking is pure luxury. It feels like we can carry so much gear! Over our spring break, we spent five days kayaking through Labyrinth Canyon on the lower Green River to shake out our kayak camping gear and unplug for a while. We’ve been trading out some of our beloved down items for synthetic ones since we are literally surrounded by water most of the time. We wanted to make sure that this gear met our needs and to organize our kayak camping system. This involves making sure that we can stow everything well in our boats and figuring out where we want to our various gear to live while we paddle. With backpacking, figuring out how we will split jobs and divide our gear was a lot of fun. We now have a tried and true system that we always use and that works well for us. We wanted to establish this for kayak camping as well. Our trip through Labyrinth Canyon was sublime! Our new gear was, for the most part, great. We learned a lot about how we like to kayak camp together. Most of all, we returned to canyon country after a number of years and rediscovered its splendor. This was made even better by the fact that the Green is quiet in early April. We had long stretches of river and whole side canyons to ourselves to explore. The trip was wonderful and the perfect shake-out for Croatia! Here’s some of our favorite gear picks: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent Mountain Hardwear Hyper Lamina 32F Sleeping Bag The <a href="Tube" rel="tag">#Tube</a> Alite Mayfly chair (a chair, can you believe it!) Easton Sundial UL shade shelter
Vanguard Diving & Exploration (VDEx) is participating in marine debris cleanup efforts along the Alaska and British Columbia coasts to assist groups of concerned citizens working passionately on effective and sustainable solutions to protect the health of our coastal ecosystems, and indeed our own food chain. Vanguard will deploy a small film team with Gulf of Alaska Keeper in summer 2015 to document the first-ever helicopter/barge debris removal operations that will transport thousands of tons of debris down the beautiful Pacific coast to recycling facilities in Seattle. Gulf of Alaska Keeper (GoAK) is dedicated to removing marine debris from Alaska's coast and preventing its re-accumulation. Large marine-debris cleanup projects have been our focus for years. However, the unprecedented amount of marine debris that continues to wash ashore in Alaska from the March 2011 Great Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami challenged our ability to respond. While it is tempting to consider the Japanese tsunami-debris event a unique occurrence, it is not. The 2004 Indonesian tsunami, recurring destructive cyclones in the Philippines and other areas, shipwrecks, and numerous large shipping-container spills repeatedly deposit massive quantities of marine debris in the Pacific Ocean, and in all other marine waters. These high-impact events stand out against a background of constant marine-debris deposition from land-based runoff, intentional dumping, shipping waste, recreational boating debris, industrial debris, and commercial-fishing debris. Our oceans and sensitive coastal habitat are under assault from plastic and other toxic marine debris. In response, GoAK will continue to expand its marine-debris cleanup program while encouraging others to join the effort through education, prevention and cleanup efforts. GoAK members and volunteers began cleaning marine debris from the Northern Gulf of Alaska coastline in 2002 and continue doing so today. We have removed over 1,500,000 pounds of plastics from 1,400 miles of Alaska's breathtaking and wildlife-rich coastline during the past 13 years. GoAK is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation comprised of five board members, four boats, and a small group of devoted, hard-working crew members. Although small, we dream big and accomplish much. VDEx Media will create various film and media products to generate public interest in environmental stewardship and assist fundraising for ongoing cleanup efforts by Gulf of Alaska Keeper. Summer 2015: Marine Debris Transport and Disposal Primarily because of the huge influx of Japanese tsunami debris, no landfill facility within the general region of the Barren Islands will accept the debris collected there. Kodiak will no longer accept marine debris. Kenai Peninsula facilities will only accept debris from the Kenai Peninsula. Consequently, the debris collected on the Barren Islands has been stranded. It will likely need to be shipped to either a recycling facility in Seattle or a landfill in Astoria, Oregon. All of the debris on the Barren Islands has been consolidated into Super Sacks, or in the case of larger items, tied together in large bundles and ready for helicopter slinging. The consolidated debris piles have all been secured and are protected from surf and winds. In the summer of 2015, ADEC, NOAA, Waste Management and GoAK plan to remove all of the debris from multiple cleanup projects with one helicopter/barge removal project. Debris from the Barren Islands will be removed along with caches of marine debris from Kodiak, Afognak, Gore Point, Montague Island, Kayak Island, Okalee Spit, and several locations in Southeast Alaska. Vanguard will accompany the GoAK crew on this journey to document and share this inspiring story of concerned citizens committed to taking responsiblity for the health of our coastal ecosystems. The cleanup operation is funded, we just need to raise the money necessary to share this story. Please contribute what you are able, and help us spread the word of this noble cause. Very few people out there are giving everything they have to protect and preserve the natural world, so please join us in supporting those who do.
I've been a little bit quiet recently - work for Maker Faire is moving forward and we've about 4 and a half days before we have to load up the van and head east to Newcastle. After successfully blowing up our 3D printer the modifications to Bob have been limited to what we managed to get printed prior and modifications / updates that only required soldering, programming and laser cutting. We'll have two functional prototype Mk2 Bobs with us, so can judge on the direction to take based on which modifications perform the best. Work on the integration and fit of the Iridium satellite modem has started - due to a lack of Serial ports on the Spark micro controller (we need at least on for the GPS and one for the modem) I'm going to have to modify the controller boards to fit in a small attiny85 to add additional serial ports and send them to the Spark via I2C - so that's for Mk3. I'll update once we are at the Maker Faire - fingers crossed the Wifi is capable of allowing our Twitter interface and the web-cam this time. If anyone is visiting Maker Faire then please pop over and say hi - look for pirates and you'll spot us...
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