Five days of training to strengthen the capacity of researchers in the use of camera base
21 Jul 2021
For 5 days, from March 2nd to 6th, 2021, the large room of Primate Expertise welcomed 9 researchers from ICCN (Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation), precisely from KBNP (Kahuzi-Biega National Park), the CRSN (Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles) from Lwiro and Primate Expertise for a training on the use of the database “camera base”. This database is used in the management and processing of data from camera traps in order to produce useful information for biodiversity conservation.
Use of camera traps to assess animal species richness!
Participants learned some methods of processing and analyzing data collected with camera traps, which are used to capture images of various elusive animal species that are often difficult to observe with traditional methods.
Indeed, these cameras trap capture hundreds or even thousands of photos and videos in the forest of the KBNP where they are installed. For proper management, these data (photos and videos) are stored in a camera database. This data, when processed, will provide useful information on the animal species richness of the KBNP by identifying species that share the same habitat as Grauer’s gorillas.
Camera base, an efficient data storage tool
With camera base, it is easy to manage millions of photos and videos captured by camera traps in order to make easy their processing and analysis. Camera Base is a tool that researchers use to produce data that can be easily processed by other software to generate information on the animal species photographed by camera traps. This information is necessary to conduct good management of biodiversity and is the result of good statistical analysis.
This training helped to make these researchers effective in collecting, managing, encoding, processing and analyzing the thousands of photos and videos collected by camera traps placed in different survey areas in the high altitude forest of Kahuzi-Biega National Park.
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