Nam Nung Nature Reserve is within Dak Nong province. The Reserve consists of the upstream of two large rivers: Dong Nai, Krong No and evergreen broadleaved forest ecosystem. Nam Nung is a home to many wildlife, with some endemic species of Vietnam and Indochina, entailing the requirements for its staff to enhance their capacity and have standardized procedures of surveying, reporting. As a result, a training on implementation of Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tools (SMART tools) for more than 30 staff of the Reserve was held by Center for Nature Conservation and Development (CCD) and Nam Nung Nature Reserve.
The training consists of two phases: (i) sharing features of the tools and designing a data model which suits the management demands of Nam Nung Nature Reserve and its stations, (ii) establishing templates for importing and managing data after patrolls; developing a report template for Nam Nung Nature Reserve. During the training program, the Reserve staff completed data modeling, designing routes and information sheets on handheld devices and smartphones. In addition, trainees practiced on-site with forms of patrol and routes and inputting, processing data and retrieving reports. Through training and technical assistance, CCD is assisting the Reserve in establishing a standardized database that integrates patrol, protection and biodiversity information to move towards standardization and synchronization of the area’s protection and conservation activities in a common management and reporting platform. The SMART data system will help the Reserve effectively manage forest protection activities, biodiversity data, and impacts to have the most effective management and conservation measures.
With its mission, CCD will continue to coordinate with Nam Nung Nature Reserve to update and calibrate its data model, patrol routes and sheets to best suit its objectives and reporting missions. CCD has been working to support protected areas, national parks and forest owners to standardize the management system through applying advanced management tools and models. The synchronous application of management tools such as SMART will help improve accuracy, transparency and management efficiency in species and biodiversity conservation in protected areas and the forestry sector in general.