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See detailWIMUAS: Developing a tool to review wildlife data from various UAS flight plans
Linchant, Julie ULg; Lhoest, Simon ULg; Quevauvillers, Samuel ULg et al

in International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (2015), XL-3/W3

To get around UAS limitations and propose a viable solution for wildlife monitoring, the development of new inventory methods is needed. However, most authors use the classic systematic transect method as ... [more ▼]

To get around UAS limitations and propose a viable solution for wildlife monitoring, the development of new inventory methods is needed. However, most authors use the classic systematic transect method as data processing and statistics are easier. We thus created an application to process data from every type of flight plan and to help detect and compare observations on large datasets. WiMUAS is a small software compatible with the open-source QGIS© that allows the creation of visual maps compatible with geographical information systems based on telemetry data and payload parameters to estimate the covered area. The application also has a slider for animal detection that allows multiple observers to record and compare their results for accurate counts. We then tested it on data from a trial realized on savannah animal populations in Democratic Republic of Congo using the Falcon UAS. We created a new type of flight plan, a rosette-shaped design that can be covered in three flights,.and repeated it twice. More than 5000 images were collected during the six flights. Image projection gives an area of 12,4 km2 for the first trial and of 12,1 km2 for the second. The mean sampling rate for both test is 6,1 %. Observers spotted buffaloes, hippos, warthogs and various antelopes with different success over an average rate of 8 images reviewed per minute. Resulting densities observed by the three observers are similar for each test (coefficient of variation 6,9 and 8,6 % respectively) but mean densities vary a lot between the two trials (23,8 and 6,5 animals/km2 respectively). [less ▲]

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See detailHow Many Hippos (HOMHIP): Algorithm for automatic counts of animals with infrared thermal imagery from UAV
Lhoest, Simon ULg; Linchant, Julie ULg; Quevauvillers, Samuel ULg et al

in International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (2015), XL-3/W3

The common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius L.) is part of the animal species endangered because of multiple human pressures. Monitoring of species for conservation is then essential, and the ... [more ▼]

The common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius L.) is part of the animal species endangered because of multiple human pressures. Monitoring of species for conservation is then essential, and the development of census protocols has to be chased. UAV technology is considering as one of the new perspectives for wildlife survey. Indeed, this technique has many advantages but its main drawback is the generation of a huge amount of data to handle. This study aims at developing an algorithm for automatic count of hippos, by exploiting thermal infrared aerial images acquired from UAV. This attempt is the first known for automatic detection of this species. Images taken at several flight heights can be used as inputs of the algorithm, ranging from 38 to 155 meters above ground level. A Graphical User Interface has been created in order to facilitate the use of the application. Three categories of animals have been defined following their position in water. The mean error of automatic counts compared with manual delineations is +2.3% and shows that the estimation is unbiased. Those results show great perspectives for the use of the algorithm in populations monitoring after some technical improvements and the elaboration of statistically robust inventories protocols. [less ▲]

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See detailWIMUAS: A TOOL TO REVIEW WILDLIFE DATA FROM VARIOUS FLIGHT PLANS
Linchant, Julie ULg; Lhoest, Simon ULg; Quevauvillers, Samuel ULg et al

in International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (2015), XL-3/W3

To get around UAS limitations and propose a viable solution for wildlife monitoring, the development of new inventory methods is needed. However, most authors use the classic systematic transect method as ... [more ▼]

To get around UAS limitations and propose a viable solution for wildlife monitoring, the development of new inventory methods is needed. However, most authors use the classic systematic transect method as data processing and statistics are easier. We thus created an application to process data from every type of flight plan and to help detect and compare observations on large datasets. WiMUAS is a small software compatible with the open-source QGIS© that allows the creation of visual maps compatible with geographical information systems based on telemetry data and payload parameters to estimate the covered area. The application also has a slider for animal detection that allows multiple observers to record and compare their results for accurate counts. We then tested it on data from a trial realized on savannah animal populations in Democratic Republic of Congo using the Falcon UAS. We created a new type of flight plan, a rosette-shaped design that can be covered in three flights,.and repeated it twice. More than 5000 images were collected during the six flights. Image projection gives an area of 12,4 km2 for the first trial and of 12,1 km2 for the second. The mean sampling rate for both test is 6,1 %. Observers spotted buffaloes, hippos, warthogs and various antelopes with different success over an average rate of 8 images reviewed per minute. Resulting densities observed by the three observers are similar for each test (coefficient of variation 6,9 and 8,6 % respectively) but mean densities vary a lot between the two trials (23,8 and 6,5 animals/km2 respectively). [less ▲]

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See detailWhat do humans eat when forests disappear ?
Gillet, Pauline ULg; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Lehnebach, Charlotte et al

in Nature et Faune (2015), 29(2), 34-36

To study the evolution of the alimentary bolus in relation with the loss of forest cover in the Congo Basin, we conducted semi-structured surveys on the composition, origin and amount spent to prepare ... [more ▼]

To study the evolution of the alimentary bolus in relation with the loss of forest cover in the Congo Basin, we conducted semi-structured surveys on the composition, origin and amount spent to prepare meals in three study sites with a contrasted forest cover gradient. At global level, the cost price of meals increases as the forest cover decreases. The share of the alimentary bolus in relation with the use of natural resources such as hunting, fishing and harvesting drops to the benefit of proteins from livestock and agricultural commodities. This leads to a translocation of the demand but also pressures on other anthropized ecosystems. The effects of deforestation are subsequently felt at local level but also in neighboring areas. [less ▲]

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See detailQue veut dire FLEGT ? Et pourquoi au Gabon ?
Moumbogou, Carl; Meunier, Quentin; Mvou Biyogo, T. et al

E-print/Working paper (2015)

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See detailUnstudied species of Lepilemur of Northwest Madagascar
Wilmet, Leslie ULg; Beudels-Jamar, Roseline C.; Schwitzer, Christoph et al

Poster (2014, December 16)

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See detailNew technologies in conservation: monitoring African wildlife with UAS
Linchant, Julie ULg; Semeki, Jean; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2014, December 13)

In the vast protected areas of Africa, traditional wildlife surveys performed by plane or foot are logistically difficult to implement due to the lack of means and appropriate materials. Moreover, the ... [more ▼]

In the vast protected areas of Africa, traditional wildlife surveys performed by plane or foot are logistically difficult to implement due to the lack of means and appropriate materials. Moreover, the possibilities of encountering poachers in the field pose a serious risk to the monitoring teams. Over the last decade, civilian UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) boomed in natural resource monitoring. One of the biggest challenges of the UAS is to replace traditional wildlife censuses for the application of wildlife conservation. Parameters have to be approached in a different way than before. We performed test flights in the open savannah of the Garamba National Park during the wet season using the Falcon Unmanned UAS. Both photos (Sony Nex7, 24Mp) and videos, including thermal infrared videos (Tamarisk 640x480), have been used. Flight altitude ranged from 50 to 200m and pictures showed that animals can be effectively detected at 100m. We spotted elephants, hippopotamus and buffaloes as well as other smaller species such as hartebeests, kobs and warthogs. Thermal videos gave medium quality results during the day due to the heat but performed well during the night. The limited range and endurance of the UAS suggest a rethink of the usual census protocols. We therefore tested new flight plans in a rosette shape to take advantage of the higher points in the park, with transects having the length of the maximal range. Twelve transects of 10km can be covered in half a day with pictures covering a 15.6km² area. Human activities could also be detected. Pictures showed areas burned by poachers and the thermal infrared camera allows the detection of fires from a high altitude. Future developments need to be investigated such as automatic detection to review the huge amount of data collected and statistical methods must be adapted to those challenging situations. [less ▲]

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See detailShedding light on two unstudied species of Lepilemur in Northwest Madagascar
Wilmet, Leslie ULg; Beudels-Jamar, Roseline C.; Schwitzer, Christoph et al

Poster (2014, December 12)

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See detailLes progrès de la foresterie sociale en Afrique centrale
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailLes premières forêts communautaires du Gabon - Le film 1/3
Meunier, Quentin; Boldrini, Sylvie; Federspiel, Michèle et al

Diverse speeche and writing (2014)

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See detailSpeciation in Malagasy lemurs: a review of the cryptic diversity in genus Lepilemur
Wilmet, Leslie ULg; Schwitzer, Christoph; Devillers, Pierre et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(4), 577-588

Madagascar is one of the highest biodiversity hotspots on the planet; however, it is also one of the most heavily impacted countries in the world in terms of forest degradation and general habitat ... [more ▼]

Madagascar is one of the highest biodiversity hotspots on the planet; however, it is also one of the most heavily impacted countries in the world in terms of forest degradation and general habitat destruction. Genus Lepilemur, in family Lepilemuridae, is a genus of small, nocturnal, exclusively arboreal Malagasy folivores. All species in the genus have small ranges of distribution. Fully forest-dependent, they have a high risk of extinction. Various models and theories of speciation mechanisms have been developed for the fauna and flora of Madagascar. For instance, in the northwestern part of the island, some authors used Lepilemur spp. to test two existing models of distribution: the “Martin model” and “Wilmé model”. Regarding the impact of forest destruction and habitat degradation in Madagascar, conservation strategies for Lepilemur need to be put in place. This paper gives an overview of the current knowledge of the genus Lepilemur and examines speciation for Malagasy lemurs. The understanding of species distribution within biodiversity hotspots is important to identify target for conservation. Therefore, we summarize and compare three biogeography models related to lemurs distribution in order to understand the reasons behind the high diversity (26 species in total) among the genus Lepilemur. Particular attention is also given to the concept of species regarding biodiversity issues and the taxonomic explosion in genus Lepilemur. [less ▲]

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See detailLes premières forêts communautaires du Gabon - Bonus 2
Meunier, Quentin; Boldrini, Sylvie; Federspiel, Michèle et al

Diverse speeche and writing (2014)

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See detailLes premières forêts communautaires du Gabon - Bonus 1
Meunier, Quentin; Boldrini, Sylvie; Federspiel, Michèle et al

Diverse speeche and writing (2014)

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See detailProjet DACEFI 2. Principes fondateurs d'une forêt communautaire au Gabon. Outils de vulgarisation et de sensibilisation.
Meunier, Quentin; Boldrini, Sylvie; Larzillière, Adélaïde et al

E-print/Working paper (2014)

Faisant suite à une première phase (2006-2008), le projet pilote Développement d’Alternatives Communautaires à l’Exploitation Forestière Illégale (DACEFI-2, de 2010 à 2014) s’emploie à tester au Gabon la ... [more ▼]

Faisant suite à une première phase (2006-2008), le projet pilote Développement d’Alternatives Communautaires à l’Exploitation Forestière Illégale (DACEFI-2, de 2010 à 2014) s’emploie à tester au Gabon la mise en oeuvre des premières forêts communautaires. Un de ses objectifs majeurs consiste à tester le concept de foresterie communautaire au sein de plusieurs sites partenaires et de témoigner de l’expérience acquise afin que le Ministère en charge des Forêts adapte le cadre réglementaire. Quatre textes majeurs régissent la foresterie communautaire au Gabon, une loi (n°16/01), un décret d’application (n°1028/PR/MEFEPEPEN) et deux arrêtés (n°018/MEF/SG/DGF/DFC et n°106/MEFEPRN). Ils encadrent le processus de création d’une forêt communautaire. Afin de les rendre accessibles à un plus grand nombre, le projet DACEFI-2 s’est proposé de développer plusieurs supports de vulgarisation à destination des agents des Eaux et Forêts et des villageois. En éditant et en diffusant une série de posters, de films ou encore de bandes dessinées, le projet a contribué à faire connaître dans les provinces de l’Ogooué-Ivindo et du Moyen-Ogooué, l’esprit de ces textes légaux qui visent à favoriser le développement des communautés locales. Ce document de capitalisation présente une compilation des outils développés par les équipes du projet pour mener à bien cette campagne de sensibilisation. Nous abordons la gestion forestière durable par le prisme de la foresterie communautaire en évoquant l’esprit de la loi et les enjeux de la foresterie sociale. Nous proposons également une série de recommandations, basées sur notre expérience au Gabon, afin d’optimiser l’efficacité des communautés engagées dans ce processus. [less ▲]

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See detailProjet DACEFI 2. Atlas cartographique. Présentation des outils d'analyse spatiale et d'aide à la décision.
Morin, Amélie; Meunier, Quentin; Federspiel, Michèle et al

Cartographic material (2014)

Faisant suite à une première phase (2006-2008), le projet pilote Développement d’Alternatives Communautaires à l’Exploitation Forestière Illégale (DACEFI-2, de 2010 à 2014) s’est employé à tester au Gabon ... [more ▼]

Faisant suite à une première phase (2006-2008), le projet pilote Développement d’Alternatives Communautaires à l’Exploitation Forestière Illégale (DACEFI-2, de 2010 à 2014) s’est employé à tester au Gabon la mise en oeuvre des forêts communautaires, promues par le code forestier gabonais en 2001 (loi n°016/01). Pour cela, le projet a appuyé les communautés rurales désireuses de gérer elles-mêmes une portion de forêt et les a accompagnées tout au long du processus de création d’une forêt communautaire. Ce processus, adapté dans la mesure du possible aux communautés rurales, est jalonné de multiples étapes et peut paraitre parfois long et fastidieux. Présentant des méthodologies d’action et des cartes, cet atlas a été développé à la fin des 5 années d’exécution dans l’idée de capitaliser la démarche adoptée par le projet pour aboutir à la délimitation d’une forêt communautaire. Il vient également synthétiser pour le lecteur les travaux cartographiques réalisés dans les villages et regroupements de villages, que le projet a appuyés tout au long de sa mise en oeuvre. Par ailleurs, la loi indique qu’une « forêt communautaire est une portion du Domaine Forestier Rural (DFR) affectée à une communauté villageoise ». Dans le contexte local, lors du projet DACEFI-2, l’absence de définition précise du DFR a poussé l’équipe à mener une étude complémentaire pour déterminer l’espace nécessaire et l’espace disponible pour la mise en place de forêts communautaires. Cet atlas est donc également l’occasion de présenter cette synthèse. [less ▲]

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See detailLettre d'information du projet Dacefi-Synthèse & réalisations majeures
Meunier, Quentin; Morin, Amélie; Moumbougou, Carl et al

E-print/Working paper (2014)

Cette dernière lettre d'information du projet présente le bilan de ses réalisations et les avancées importantes du Gabon en termes de foresterie communautaire

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See detailLe continent des couleurs
Dumortier, Tanguy; Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Linchant, Julie ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2014)

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