Welcome to the SMART Community Forum! Please introduce yourself

Hello and welcome to the SMART Community Forum! This is a place for members of the global SMART community, from new users to experts, to interact with each other, share information, and ask any questions about SMART.

Please introduce yourself and share something about your conservation area, how you’re using SMART, or any particular topics you’re interested in.

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Hi everyone!
My name is Denton Joachim. My background is in Conservation GIS (Geographical Information System) and I travel around Southern Africa countries implementing SMART software in parks for standardized data collection.

My current role is that i am Technical Council chair and on a few task forces.
Looking forward to meeting you all and interacting and hearing your ideas on how you are using the software to monitor spatial information .

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Hi all - I am the Associate Curator of International Conservation at the North Carolina Zoo. In my role, I support the Zoo’s mission to protect wildlife and wild places primarily through support of its conservation projects implementing SMART conservation software across Africa. Before joining the Zoo, I was the SMART Partnership Program Manager at Wildlife Conservation Society in New York and an Adjunct Research Scientist in the Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Department at Columbia University. Prior to WCS, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program at Drexel University. With an emphasis on primates, central Africa, and technology, my work has primarily focused on the drivers and dynamics of bushmeat hunting, quantifying the impact of human activities on wildlife populations, and leveraging research and technology to more effectively conserve biodiversity. I have a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Drexel University, and is a member of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, Africa Section and Red Colobus Working Group.

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Hi there! My name is Mônica Harris and I am the SMART Partnership Program Manager. Feel free to reach out to me with your questions and suggestions.

About me: I have worked with biodiversity conservation my whole career in many parts of the world. I am passionate about collaboration and stakeholder engagement. I am excited to be part of the SMART Community and I am committed to do my best to support it. Cheers! Languages: English/Portuguese.

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Hi

My name is Jonathan Palmer and I am the SMART CTO and WCS’ Executive Director of Conservation Technology.

I’ve been working in technology for over 30 years and started working in conservation over 20 years ago. I owe a huge amount to Tanzania where I started my career in conservation, creating and deploying digital strategies for Mweka Wildlife College, TANAPA, and a number of other organizations under the Ministry of Tourism and Natural Resources. I’ve been privileged to being working for WCS for over 15 years where I lead a team of 10 avid conservation technologists focusing on getting solutions into the hands of our field staff and our partners. I’m part of the founding story of a number of collaborations including SMART, ConSoSci, WildlifeInsights, and WildLabs. As Chair of NetHope, I oversaw the board of the world’s leading non-profit technology collaboration. In addition to my passion for Conservation Technology, together with my wife, I enjoy watching my daughter succeed in running and soccer.

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Hi folks,
My name is Justin Steventon and I co-founded CyberTracker with Louis Liebenberg back in 1997 and created the CyberTracker software application. I am interested in building a general tool, which could collect data for SMART, EarthRanger, ConSoSci, KoBo and many others all using the same system!
I have built SMART Mobile and hope to be supporting it and creating new features for many years to come. I look forward to interacting with you all and making this an important, long-lived and useful part of the SMART Conservation Tools.
In addition to my passion for conservation, I enjoy shooting pool and tea. I also love field trips, so perhaps we will have the opportunity to meet in the field at some point.

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Hello to all!!

I hope are you well

My name is Gabriel. I am a Biologist with a master’s degree in protected natural areas, I am currently working in the Islas de la Bahía Honduras National Marine Park (PNMIB) in the NGO Roatan Marine Park (RMP) where I am the coordinator of the Control and Surveillance Program, we have marine patrols and park rangers trained in the use of SMART Mobile.

Likewise, since November 2020 RMP began to implement the use of the SMART tool in all its phases (SMART Mobile, SMART Connect and SMART Desktop) throughout the year 2021 and so far in 2022 we continue to learn a lot about the SMART tool Until now, we have contextualized the SMART tool to the needs of the marine protected area and we have also oriented it with a biological approach in capturing morphometric data of marine fauna.

Thanks to everyone in the community for continuing to share your knowledge and help solve complex problems.

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Hi I am Diana from WCS Ecuador. We work here impelementing SMART in the protected areas system. Now we have 26 protected areas with SMART.

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Hello everyone,
My name is Manuel Rodríguez and I currently support from WCS the implementation of the ecological records module in National Natural Parks of Colombia. Greetings

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Hi to all
I am Shaibu Kadewere, working with the department of National parks and wildlife in Malawi under law enforcement section. Have used SMART since 2010 in Kasungu National park, one of MIKE site and later transferred to Lengwe National park where I introduced SMART program and fairing well.

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Hola a todos, un gusto seguir siendo parte de la comunidad.

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Hola a todos!
Soy de Costa Rica y he estado explorando el uso de SMART para recopilar datos de monitoreo de vida silvestre en nuestras áreas silvestres protegidas.

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Hi,
I am Kezang Dorji playing a role as a Division SMART Focal of Zhemgang Forest Division under Department of Forest and Park Services, Bhutan. We have implemented SMART since December, 2019 and currently at full swing. We have 52 technical staff who were also trained on SMART. So far, I am compiling everyone’s data and preparing monthly SMART Report.

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Hi Everyone,
My name is Roland TIEDOUE,
I’m the Head of ecological survey and GIS of Taï national Park, a rainforest protected area located in Southwest of Côte d’Ivoire. Also, I’m MIKE focal point and Coach of Integrated Management Effectiveness Tool.
Sorry if my English speech is bad because my native language is French.

I was one of the first people to integate SMART in park management in Côte d’Ivoire since 2015.

I am happy to be part of this forum, to learn, share my experiences and contribute to the improvement of this important tool.

Thanks to all.

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Bonjour!
Je me nomme Moussa CONDE.
Je suis le Chargé de programme Surveillance au Parc National du Moyen Bafing en Guinée.
Je suis ravis de faire partir de ce groupe qui représente une opportunité immense de partage et d’apprentissage.
Merci à toutes et à tous.

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Hello to all, I am Zoro Berenger ( Zoro Gone Bi Irie Berenger my full name) and I work for Wild Chimpanzee Foundation in Liberia. Have been using smart since 2016 in Grebo-Krahn National Park and since 2020 we are now using smart mobile to collect our community eco-guard patrol data in Grebo-Krahn National Park and 3 different landscapes

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Hello everyone,
My name is Angelo Ramy Mandimbihasina, Patrol Coordinator of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Madagascar. We use SMART for patrols in Protected areas and Conservation Areas where there are the most threatened animals (our target species). In Madagascar, we work and use SMART in 6 sites since December 2017.

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Julien Godfrey, and I consult on protected area management as Artio Conservation. Over the last decade I have worked in protected areas across the world to implement patrol based monitoring and species monitoring, especially with SMART. I currently work as a consultant to assist clients with planning, training, implementation, and ongoing technical support for patrol based monitoring, as well as developing training materials and strategic planning.

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Bonjour la communauté SMART
je me nomme : ESSIENI-ELONDZA Moïse Gloire, Étudiant en Master professionnel Sciences et Techniques Forestières à l’université Marien N’GOUABI du Congo Brazzaville.
Je me suis inscrit dans ce forum pour apprendre sur le Smart
Merci

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Hello to all:

Im name is Jorge Valenzuela, im from Chile and works at Corporacion Nacional Forestal in the northern of Chile. Im veterinary at the biodiverstity consertavion department
Since 2019 I began to implement smart in 2 protected areas in Chile and now we are advancing in the implementation at the national level.
I have experience in SMART, R, GIS, biodiversity monitoring, adaptive management and drones
In particular, I am interested in the use of technology to help conservation and the work of park rangers.

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