Highlighting the career of Prof Willem van Riet, directing innovative conservation initiatives in Africa, illustrating his experiences and approach through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

An all-inclusive approach to conservation was instigated by numerous adventures on wild rivers in the 60’s and developed through academic research at Universities in Philadelphia (USA) and Pretoria (South Africa). GIS software, data and processes were harnessed throughout his career in support of planning, scientific analyses and fundraising.  Projects and programmes will be illustrated through a number themes. This approach was implemented during his years on the SANParks Board and on transboundary initiatives in Southern Africa during his 10 years as the CEO of the Peace Parks Foundation. Recently he has functioned as a consulted through the Swedish entity (Transboundary Conservation Foundation).

"I hope that the review of these conservation projects, as a journey of discovery through the use of GIS and maps, will be of assistance to conservation development in many parts of the world. I would like to iterate that the content of this site reflects my own personal point of view and is based on my personal experiences."

PLANNING PROCESS KIMBI FUNGOM

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Through the use of GIS layers and theIr boundaries as planning instruments this exercise illustrates how a simple procedure leads to an understanding of the environment and ecosystem services. This procedure was tested in the conceptual planning of the Kimbi Fungom National Park in Cameroon.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 10:05

k. GREAT LAKES REGION OF AFRICA

 THE GREAT LAKES REGION OF AFRICA.1

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Introduction: The Great Lakes region of Central Africa has some of the richest biodiversity on earth but also experiences political instability. Managers of three protected areas, separated geographically but linked by their ecology and problems, are working together to develop a transboundary initiative in the framework of the IUCN Peace Parks Initiative in the Great Lakes region. The protected areas are: Kibira National Park: Burundi (IUCN Category IV, 40,000 ha) Virunga National Park: Democratic Republic of Congo (IUCN Category II, 780,000 ha) Volcanoes National Park: Rwanda (IUCN Category II, 15,000 ha)

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Monday, 28 May 2018 10:21

l. FOCUSSING ON SINGLE GLOBAL TBCAs

TBCA EQUADOR

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This story map illustrates the most useful initial data sets and the correlation with the TBCA clusters on the Globe. It is clear from these maps that nearly all of these clusters have been isolated from each other due to land use changes and infrastructure development adjacent to roads. These clusters will soon become centres of ecosystems services and biodiversity as the natural environment surrounding them are damaged. The Map view is live and all of the datasets is available to be switched on or off depending the needs for information. This Map View illustrates the best use of the Map View technology.

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Monday, 28 May 2018 10:14

h. TBCA OF THE GLOBE

TBCA GLOBE

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This story map illustrates the most useful initial data sets and the correlation with the TBCA clusters on the Globe. It is clear from these maps that nearly all of these clusters have been isolated from each other due to land use changes and infrastructure development adjacent to roads. These clusters will soon become centres of ecosystems services and biodiversity as the natural environment surrounding them are damaged. The Map view is based on the use of Jpg images of the original maps and is not live. Satellite images are used in the legend to illustrate the region. Various datasets have been used to illustrate each of the clusters in a different environment. The usefulness of these are for use at various scales.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:16

g. TBCA OF AFRICA

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All though it is the public perception that the concept of Transboundary conservation started in Southern Africa with the creation of the Peace Parks Foundation many other countries has also become involved and two IUCN based studies illustrated the extent to which this concept has developed. This Story Map illustrates the wide regional distribution of these types of land use. The recent discussions of Facebook and information from the IUCN on the enormous environmental impact of the global growth in infra structure as well as mining and the de proclamation of many of the community based hunting areas makes this kind of mapping very relevant. Our wilderness areas are becoming isolated with less and less corridors in-between. Enjoy reviewing African conservation.

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 13:55

f. A LIVING ATLAS FOR GLOBAL TBCAs

As a member of the Transboundary Conservation Specialist Subgroup of the IUCN I am developing a Conservation Atlas for use by TBCA specialists. During the development phase I am being assisted by a small number of skilled people in this endeavor. For now, this will be a closed group, and we are testing the first phase of the Atlas on a small number of TBCAs. I will expand this group once some more development has taken place.

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THIS STORY MAP ILLUSTRATES THE MOST USEFULL INITIAL DATA SETS

Story maps is one of the most usefull tools to illustrate the advantages of the WEBgis this specific story map gives you access to a number of the most usefull data sets and it also allows you to change to the area of the globe that you are interested in and you can zoom in to your specific concervation area. This story map is indeed a very powerful tool. That is not clear initialy when it is opened.

 

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 14:46

e. INTRODUCTION TO THE ATLAS DESIGN

The last placing is the overview of the story line that as developed for the Global Atlas. It is similar in nature to the first three blogs but ads the three-dimensional aspect of making use of the Web GIS. Each of the paragraphs in the story line has been illustrated by a 3D view of conservation area making use of Map Scene. It has amazed me how real these scenes have become while making these images available to environmental planning. The lack of maps with any article on conservation or conservation planning always disturbs me no matter how scientifically correct. The addition of the three dimensional nature of the landscape brings about a much greater understanding of the landscape.

A number of pages with the story line has been included below:

Storyline Conservation Atlas 1Storyline Conservation Atlas 2Storyline Conservation Atlas 3

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Monday, 30 April 2018 12:17

d. ARTICLE IN TBeNEWS11

As a member of the Transboundary Subcommittee of the IUCN I submitted an article to the magazine on the function and role of the atlas. I would like to make use of this article to introduce the atlas in more detail.

Please review the article in full-page format below. To view the complete magazine click here.

Transboundary Final Article Design

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 13:22

c. A CONSERVATION ATLAS FOR TBC AREAS

During the initial stages of Transboundary Conservation Area (TBCA) planning, the planners often do not have access to appropriate geographical maps. Maps are a living, tri-dimensional source of knowledge—a map represents thousands of words.

Is it possible to develop a Global Atlas with selected data that would allow focus on identified conservation areas in the UNEP-IUCN WCPA’s World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) as a functional conservation planning tool during the initial phases of TBCA development?

The Transboundary Conservation Foundation made an experiment to test the usefulness of such a Global Conservation Atlas. This was accomplished through a conservation grant from ESRI and in cooperation with UNEP’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC).

At the core of the Atlas is the use of bookmarks of any of the selected polygons or conservation areas in the WDPA as a zooming tool to illustrate all of the selected datasets in the database in and surrounding the identified conservation area.

Central to the Atlas was the use of a web based GIS technology accessible via ESRI and its Living Atlas of the World.

During the next few days I will be placing introductory information on the concept and ways and means for this tool to become useful to a wider range of people.

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I recently had the opportunity to present a keynote address to the conservation group at the ESRI User Conference Africa in Cape Town. It gave me the chance to expose our work on Ecosystem Services as a conservation priority.  Of special interest was the memo of October 7th 2015 from President Obama to the US government to commence developing policies on Ecosystem Services. Please click below to download and view my full presentation at the ESRI User

Please click below to download and view the full presentation from the ESRI User Conference Africa:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Human Footprint Video 1

Europe-SADC Video 2

ESRI Website

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Myself, Eveline van Riet(Transboundary Foundation) and Jack Dangermond(ESRI President)

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