Project objective was to help the Kharkiv Department of Ecological Inspections develop and integrate a new mobile and web application to monitor legal violations and misuse of natural resources in a national park.
The “Slobozhanskiy” National Park is a 5,244 hectare area located in an industrialized region that requires constant monitoring for ecological violations. Until recently, 35 inspectors from the government agency recorded violations and other geospatial information on paper and then input the data at the office using desktop GIS solutions. The agency wanted to use latest technologies to simplify the monitoring process and decided to find a partner capable of end-to-end development of a new cross-platform geoapplication, functional in the field and at the office. The application had to have multiple levels of accessibility for government staff and other non-commercial and remote collaborators. It had to receive violation claims remotely and record their exact coordinates. It had to allow editing of related spatial information, such as location and condition of fences, buildings, roads etc. It had to track the status of violation claims, generate map reports with violation locations, and use various geospatial data resources using WMS, TMS and REST standards. Finally, the application had to be easily maintained, cost-effective and integrate with existing databases.
The objective: to develop and implement reliable, public sources of information for Ukraine’s protected areas based on open source GIS solutions, helping the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU) maintain protected areas and decrease human impact on the environment.
The NECU, a major nongovernmental, non-profit ecological association in Ukraine partnered with Kyiv’s OSGeo Research and Education Lab at Taras Shevchenko National University to make information about nature conservation areas in Ukraine publicly accessible. The project was crowd-sourced and launched in 2014. Up to this point, the only source of public information and data about protected areas was in paper and raster data formats. The two organizations wanted to create a cadaster web application that would show the borders of Ukraine’s protected areas, but needed more GIS development expertise.
The Danube Biosphere Reserve, one of the leading organizations focused on preserving animal and plant life around the river Danube, needed focused GIS training. The training would ideally have to be tailored for a specific group of experts in the natural and environmental protection field.
The Reserve is one of the largest wetlands consisting of reed beds, water channels, numerous lakes, flooded forests and remnants of steppes. It has a total area of 4,180 km2, an area which needs to be managed and preserved strategically. One of the best ways for the Reserve to continue their preservation work is to leverage latest IT systems, including integration of GIS technologies.
The Reserve had a staff of scientists and researchers, but they wanted to improve their staff’s understanding GIS technologies and provide tools for them to use these technologies in their daily work. They were looking for a technological partner who would teach them about GIS, so they could develop, implement and monitor the Reserve’s territory using the latest technology.
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