Hen Mpoano trains forest monitoring teams on the use of SMART tools
In a 3 day training from 6th to 7th October, 2020 that drew participation from communities fringing the Cape 3 points Forest and Subri Forest Reserve. Hen Mpoano trained forest monitoring teams on the use of SMART tools to conduct monitoring within their respective boundaries within the forest. The training was the first among a series of trainings targeted at stakeholders to facilitate efficient monitoring of protected areas and tracking of changes to support decision making and enforcement of regulations protecting the flora and fauna.
The training took participants through the use of GPS devices. Discussions covered the technology behind location finding, basic GPS unit setup, GPS accuracy among others. Participants were walked through setting up their GPS units, battery checks, battery replacement and basic maintenance/cleaning of the GPS devices.
The training also looked at the protocols for recording and reporting information.
The trainees were taken through recording of waypoints, tracking their movement and documenting their observation using structured forms. The workshop then proceeded in practical session where participants practiced recording data with the GPS. The participants learnt how to use analogue compass. They learnt how to orient themselves using the magnetic north. They were also taught basic forest navigation skills.
The training was supported by the French Embassy- PISCCA Programme, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and Global Forest Watch.