SMART, the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool, the design and implementation of which is supported by SOS, was unveiled at the IUCN World Conservation Congress. SMART is a high-tech tool created to help park and community rangers combat an increasingly sophisticated syndicate of poachers devastating wildlife populations worldwide.
Developed by global conservation organizations in close collaboration with protected area authorities and other key stakeholders, SMART’s open-source, non-proprietary software and training materials extend and simplify existing technologies for monitoring efforts to tackle poaching and other illegal activities. This software represents a major step forward for improved site-based conservation by identifying poaching hotspots, improving rapid response measures and calculating the impact of anti-poaching efforts to maximize results. In many countries where conservation is greatly under-funded, it will enable governments to assess the most effective law enforcement options.
Jean-Christophe Vié, Director of SOS said: "All members of the SOS partnership, along with other donors, decided unanimously to fund this effort for two reasons: first a consortium of the largest conservation organizations are behind it and, second, given that poachers are using increasingly sophisticated techniques, we absolutely need to provide the best possible tools and use the latest technology to those people fighting everyday to preserve wildlife around the world. We call on other donors to join us in supporting SMART, and countries and conservation groups to adopt it."
The partnership intends to make the SMART software and training materials available free of charge to all in the conservation community – http://www.smartconservationsoftware.org/ More....