BeGeo 2020

27 oktober 2020


GIS in extreme environments: How Garamba uses tracking to combat poaching and protect animals

Start: 13h45
15 minuten - 15 minutes

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Mathias D'haen Engels - Anglais This presentation welcomes everybody but can be of specific interest to people who want to get an understanding of the capabilities of ESRI’s tools through a real-life use case in an extreme environment. ESRI BeLux (in naam van Garamba National Park)

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Garamba National Park lies in the north-eastern corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the border with South Sudan, and is managed by conservation non-profit African Parks in partnership with DRC’s Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) since 2005. The park is famous for its unique population of hybrid elephants, but sadly also because of the world’s last northern white rhinos that were poached out of the wild and are now on the brink of extinction. This presentation will focus on how the management of the park, partnered with ESRI, was able to greatly reduce poaching using spatial information. The park has implemented many of the existing tools that were developed by ESRI and serves as an ideal use-case for people who want to get an understanding of how GIS can be used to tackle complex problems in an extreme environment.

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After finishing his thesis on the spatial ecology of Kordofan giraffe in Garamba National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mathias D’haen was employed by the park where he applied his GIS skills to combat poaching. Using ESRI’s software Mathias and his colleagues developed a control room panel that allowed the park to make informed decisions to help protect the park’s wildlife. The concept was picked up on by ESRI and was presented at the ESRI User Conference in 2019. From January 2020 onwards Mathias started working for ESRI BeLux where he is part of the Professional Services team.