Liberia’s Forest Dwellers Map Illegal Logging and other International GIS News
The Liberian press reports on the county's Forestry Development Authority (FDA) effort to curb illegal loggnig. Green Advocates International is leading the project with funding from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Green Advocates International would mobilize semi-illiterate local forest communities to use GIS-GPS community mapping tools in implementing the project. The project builds on more than five years of work by Green Advocates International in empowering local communities in the country with the appropriate tools, technology, knowledge, skills and expertise to help communities protect their rights and resources.
The group Lead Campaigner Cllr. Alfred Brownell said that local communities would be trained to gather and record Global Position System (GPS) reference information using touch screen Hand Held Computers (HHC) relating to illegal logging. Speaking at the launch of the program on Saturday, October 1, 2011 in Yarkpa Town, Rivercess County, Cllr. Brownell disclosed that the GPS reference data would be use to produce a map of the illegal logging activities and reference areas.
Google formally announced today the launching of Google Maps Philippines – a search platform that provides Filipinos local geographic information such as online maps, satellite imagery, addresses and businesses listings – on their PCs and mobile phones.