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Title Tools developed for use in biodiversity research and management related to East African rainforests

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Short title Tools for biodiversity research and management

Author(s) Schaab, G.(1); Böhning-Gaese, K.(2); Dalitz, H.(3); Fischer, E.(4); Freund, W.(5); Gaesing, K.(6); Holstein, J.(7); Kraemer, M.(8); Lampe, K.-H.(5); Mussgnug, F.(9); Peters, M.(5); Rietdorf, U.(10)

Presenting author Schaab, G.

Institution(s) (1) Faculty of Geomatics, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences; (2) Institute of Zoology, University of Mainz; (3) Faculty of Botany, University of Hohenheim; (4) Botany, University of Koblenz-Landau; (5) Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn; (6) Faculty of Spatial Planning of Developing Countries, University of Dortmund; (7) State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart; (8) Biological Collection, University of Bielefeld; (9) Department of Plant Nutrition, Bonn University; (10) German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Hamburg

Keywords Tools; biodiversity monitoring; forest management; geospatial data visualization and analysis; environmental education

Abstract Within BIOTA East Africa and in particular for Kakamega Forest the interdisciplinary consortium has promised to provide tools to simplify the monitoring and assessment of biodiversity. Further tools intend to enable analysis of diverse biotic, abiotic and socioeconomic data (this also for helping to reduce conservation conflicts), while others allow for an efficient on-ground management. In addition, the nearby population needs to be provided with means for environmental education.
This presentation gives an overview on the tools related to a) rapid/ automated species identification systems, b) specimen catalogues and collecting data bases, c) field and identification guides, d) modelling and decision support tools, e) geospatial data visualization and analysis, f) printed tourist and thematic maps, and g) educational material. Genetic barcodes are currently only sampled e.g. for all ants and termite species, but VisualPlants already serves to assist rapid identification of vascular plants. BioDat is the database set-up for faunal specimen collections. In addition detailed lists (e.g. on birds, lichens, bryophytes) or illustrated catalogues (on ants, termites) exist. These form the basis for a number of field guides, for example on trees and shrubs, seedlings, or bees. Modelling tools are still in their very early development stages, while use of the many geospatial data is more advanced. Here, the BiotaEastGIS Tool enables GIS-unexperienced scientists to do their own geodata analysis, and mobile GIS applications allow to take geodata into the field. Different interactive visualisations based on geodata are meant to facilitate the work of the scientists or forest managers providing overview and detail of the forest. A vegetation map is going to be printed as well as one for the tourists complementing a tourist guide and tourist material for bird-watching or the tree walk. For environmental education of the local population the pollinator garden, the tree nursery and a local forest use game are to be named.

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