Biomonitoring Training for Salonga Staff
Three agents from SNP’s Biomonitoring and SMART team participated in a 5-day workshop in Kinshasa from March 18 to 22 organized by WWF Africa’s Regional Biomonitoring Unit (WWF ROA). During this workshop, participants learned about specifics of forest elephant monitoring in forest clearings (so-called bais) and how to set up a database for managing and processing camera trap images. The next step will be to identify the forest clearings in the park where the methodology will be applied and propose a strict study methodology.
It is therefore necessary to determine the sites where the camera traps will be installed, to map the access tracks of the elephants and to delimit the surveillance area as to cover an area of 25 to 30 km² around the bais. The Salonga Park Management Unit has set itself the goal of monitoring six clearings in the park.
During this workshop, the opportunity arose to :
- Discuss the methodology and development of a data collection protocol and the management of data in a special habitat category (bai),
- Identify weaknesses in the SMART data model to help reduce data collection errors with the Cyber Tracker software,
- Work with the SMART data of the bais (forest openings) and camera trap images.
Two rangers build their skills at the Garoua Wildlife School in Cameroon
Two eco-guards went to the Garoua Wildlife School in Cameroon for an 18-month training that began in September.
New park station to be built in Bombuli
A mission visited Bombuli in July to prepare the installation of a new station of the park.
Mission of the Biomonitoring Team to Lake Kantotsha
The Biomonitoring Team carried out a mission in the southern block of Salonga National Park and conducted a preliminary survey of Lake Kantotsha.