[HOT] Mapping Africa's National Parks, Game Reserves and Nature Reserves
mikel_maron at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 29 19:24:59 UTC 2014
I think this is an exciting initiative. It's not an urgent humanitarian response that is often HOT's focus, but it's probably interesting to many of us who work across different parts of Africa; and HOT's tools, like the Tasking Manager, can be useful. There are also various regional and country lists and forums to find other mappers interested.
Someone here, or myself, can get things set up on a tasking manger job. Where, among the several parks listed in the wiki, do you think is a good place to start? Have you checked for imagery coverage over the parks?
And what kind of features do you think we can spot well from imagery? Some guidance here would be useful, as it might take a keen eye to distinguish say main tracks through parks vs occasional tracks. What other kinds of features important to wildlife and park infrastructure might we be able to spot?
Do you foresee any connection with people going on safari, or safari tours? Simply GPS tracks are helpful. Even more helpful is on the ground surveying in coordination with remote mapping.
* Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron
On Monday, September 29, 2014 2:11 PM, John White <jwpwhite at gmail.com> wrote:
>Hi AllI am coordinating a project to map the protected areas (National Parks, Game Reserves, Nature Reserves etc.) in Africa. Apart from preserving wildlife, Africa's protected areas are an important and sustainable sources of foreign currency, jobs and upliftment in many countries on the continent. Outside of South Africa, protected areas have hardly been mapped on OSM making it very difficult for tourists and travel operators to navigate and review these areas before travelling to them.
>I would like for this project 'Mapping Africa's Protected Areas' to be set-up on HOT so that is can receive the attention in really deserves. Is there anyone that is interested and can assist?
>I have made a start on mapping some protected areas and tracking their progress: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_African_National_Parks_and_Reserves
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