[SDI-Africa] Congolese pygmies use GPS to save trees
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Congolese pygmies use GPS to save trees
Nature 448, 402-403 (26 July 2007)
A project that gives Congolese pygmies new ways to tell logging companies about the trees that are important to them, and their own radio station to discuss community issues, is really putting their interests on the map.
The Mbendjele record the locations of important sites using a portable, palm-pilot-style device. A simple pictorial menu allows the pygmies to identify different types of sites as they wander through the forest; the sites are then automatically plotted onto a computerized map with GPS. The Mbendjele choose from four categories to classify their important sites: hunting, gathering, social/religion and farming. From there, each category branches off into more specific details.
Source: SciDev.net, 27 July 2007
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