MONITORING & COLLECTION
Community monitors use a smartphone app (Collectaur) to collect evidence of illegalities and to document their alerts using photos, videos or audio recordings.
REPORTING & DATABASE
The collected evidence is transmitted to a secure database using a portable satellite transmitter or via SMS or internet.
Once the transmitted alerts are received on the online platform (Monitaur), they are analysed and verified by partner organisations.
Details of the illegal activities are passed on to the appropriate authorities so they can take action, such as sanctioning illegal operators.
The data collected using ForestLink helps local CSOs carry out follow-up activities with local authorities in order to foster increased transparency and good governance.
What makes it different
The technology itself runs on a smartphone-enabled app called Collectaur, used by community monitors to send alerts to an online platform called Monitaur. Monitaur is used by civil society coordinators and local verifiers to analyse and verify these alerts before passing verified alerts to local law enforcement for follow up.
Together, Collectaur and Monitaur form a fast, powerful, and effective tool used to identify illegalities occuring in the forest, and thus to support forest authorities in their forest management and monitoring processes.
Collectaur is an intuitive and powerful application that allows communities to collect accurately geo-referenced information on illegalities. Simple questionnaires and an icon-based interface allow communities to easily classify and describe the illegality in question, attach pictures and other evidence, and help partners to quickly identify the nature of the alert.The user interface is increasingly icon-based to ensure that less literate members of the community can use the app.