Project publication at “Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution”

We are happy to inform you that our project’s publication presenting our first results from the passive acoustic monitoring project at Korup National Park was published recently (Issue 5 / June 2017).

“Passive acoustic monitoring as a law enforcement tool for Afrotropical rainforests”

If you don’t have access to the journal online, please use this website’s “Contact” page to email us requesting a digital copy.

 

Rumpi Hills Forest Reserve – Final Report on PAM findings

SONY DSCFrom Nov. 2014 to Nov. 2015 we monitored wildlife and gun hunting activity within the Rumpi Hills Forest Reserve (southwest region of Cameroon). The project was funded by the USFWS (E14AP00503) and coordinated by Joshua Linder (James Madison University), with co-PIs Christos Astaras (University of Oxford), and Peter Wrege (Cornell University). The goal of the project was to demonstrate how the passive acoustic monitoring protocol (PAM) developed in Korup National Park (just a few kilometers away) could be “exported” in new sites, providing insight on wildlife status and human activities within protected areas which are currently totally unmonitored, so as to help develop the momentum needed to make these “paper parks” actually managed/monitored.

You can read our final report to USFWS below. Importantly, we managed to detect the species-characteristic male Preuss’s guenon “boom” call in several sensors, confirming the persistence of the endangered primate within RHFR. We are currently developing an automated detection algorithm for the species that will facilitate rapid acoustic surveys in other forest fragments within the historical range of the species in Cameroon and Nigeria. Our acoustic data also showed that RHFR is under significant gun hunting pressure, and that – especially if the Wildlife Sanctuary status considered for the site is to be pursued as discussed for years now – some level of patrolling and monitoring needs to be introduced at the site.

We will be developing a series of management and monitoring recommendations – as per the project plan – to share with our colleagues in Cameroon and specifically the regional delegation of the Ministry of Forest and Wildlife (MINFOF).

Final report – USFWS – Rumpi Hills Forest Reserve PAM findings

DI Newsletter – Project Articles

Please find below links to the two Darwin Initiative Newsletter articles featuring findings of our projects (Issues: June 2014 / May 2016).

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June 2014: (p. 17)

“Reducing illegal poaching which harms local communities leads to greater food and livelihood security in Cameroon”

 

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May 2016: (p. 18)

“Acoustic monitoring in African tropical protected areas: improving biodiversity and social outcomes

 

Links to the entire DI newsletter issues can be found here (June 2014) and here (May 2016).

 

Deployment Instructions of SM2+ Acoustic Sensors in Korup N.P.

Please find below the manual developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Bioacoustics Research Program) during the Darwin Initiative project for the deployment of the Wildlife Acoustics’ SM2+ sensors in Korup National Park. You may find it useful for developing your own acoustic projects even if you use different acoustic sensors (and why not, share your deployment protocols on this site as well).

Sm2+ Deployment Instructions – Darwin Initiative Project Ref20-012 – Korup NP