The Mara National Reserve is administered by Narok County government. In order to manage the reserve and to create sustainable business opportunities for its citizens and tourists, the county government needs reliable biodiversity data. These are currently lacking. The Ground Truth 2.0 citizen observatory will build on the VirtualKenya platform and aims to initiate communication between local governments, policy makers and reserve managers on the one hand and Mara visitors on the other.
Through an app, visitors, tour guides, researchers, wardens and others can highlight biodiversity and environmental issues. The app also logs vehicle movement and speed and warns when official tracks are deserted. In addition, meteorological data are collected by one of the partners to predict species distributions. Big screens at lodges will feature all the observations.
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