About this Episode
The WILDLABS Tech Tutors are here to answer the "how do I do that?" questions of conservation technology! These tutorials will provide practical skills and steps that will become the building blocks you need to push your conservation tech work and research forward. This season, the focus will be to answer the questions emerging from our growing East Africa regional community, while also opening up new tech skills for our global community.
Are you interested in exploring how mobile phones have enabled sea turtle monitoring? On Thursday, March 9th at 4 PM EAT / 1PM GMT Mtalii Ochieng took us through a tutorial on "How do I get started with mobile phones in sea turtle monitoring?". This episode interactively broke down how this simple tool can be utilized in sea turtle monitoring. Mtalii shared his insights from experiences working in the Kenyan Coast, on how mobile phones have revolutionized sea turtle conservation by engaging communities and informing management decisions.
Catch up with the recording here.
Meet your Tutor: Mtalii Ochieng
Mtalii Ochieng works for Bahari Hai overseeing their management information systems. He has been actively involved in turtle conservation for more than four years and is conversant with marine geology and conservation, as well as the integration of technological tools to foster community participation in sea turtle conservation. Mtalii’s role revolves around creating data collection tools, preparing reports and retrieving data the organization needs to make informed decisions on marine conservation.
You can find out more about Bahari Hai’s work here.
What will I learn in this episode?
- Relevance of data in sea turtle conservation
- Data type collected
- Tools used
- Participation of local community in sea turtle conservation.
How can I learn more about the interconnection between mobile phones and community participation in sea turtle monitoring?
There are lots of sea turtle conservation organizations globally where one can contact or visit to learn about interconnection between mobile phones and community participation in sea turtles. Bahari Hai presents a classical example in Kenya’s coast where one can visit, interact with the community and learn how they use this tool to participate in improving sea turtle conservation, their ecosystems and governance around these ecosystems.
If you are looking for resources and a place to connect with others in marine conservation, the marine conservation community on WILDLABS is a great place. You can access a heap of resources, get advice and share your experiences. The software and mobile apps community also offers a space to gain technical knowledge and skills on the tools you can deploy for marine conservation.
Some of the sessions and tutorials on community participation in sea turtle conservation, and conservation as a whole includes:
- Alasdair Davies: Club Arribada that has involved school kids in sea turtle monitoring.
- Doug Clark, Joseph Haluksit, Erica Gillis, and Cyril Fredlund: How do I build a community-owned conservation tech research project?
If I need to take the next step with deploying mobile phones for sea turtle monitoring,what is the first thing I should consider?
You'll need to consider the data type you have, the output you'd like to achieve, the user of the tools (their age, literacy level and the technical capacity of your team), as well as your digital infrastructure cost.
What advice do you have for a complete beginner in this subject?
Start by laying out your objective, then set priorities and understand the community you are working
with. This is helpful in knowing how much effort needs to go into every bit of realizing a digitized sea turtle conservation environment.
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Learn more about upcoming Tutorials
Are you enjoying our tutorials so far? We still have a great line up of tutorials that will take place regularly over the next few months. If you were not able to join us for our prior sessions, you can catch up with the recorded videos in our YouTube channel. We hope that the topics and themes covered by our speakers are/will be useful in your research, work or discoveries!