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How space technology and animal behaviour could perhaps help us conserve/look after ''protected areas'' such as wildlife reserves. By using the record of animal movements as a barometer for the health of those areas.More detail in last PDF file.
Background to WildMoMS: as we see below traffic and wildlife don't seem to mix. Based on the simple question: does traffic bother them? The worlds first study into the impact of vehicles on captive animals [drive through safari parks] was undertook Noting that their behaviour was mostly movements of some sort. This allowed a behaviour key to be created and yielded the key result of proximity being the problem as opposed to number. From that work the wildMoMS proposal was designed for the WDPA* aka UNEP/WCMC** following request for input on their discussion paper on ''protected areas'' [PAs]. Key species behaviour to indicate the status of the protected areas. Although unsuccessful , the rhino study and wildMoMS design was then incorporated into the EarthMoMS design . Additional reading below. * World Database on Protected Areas **UNEP/World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Why do this ? Co-habitation. Despite our ability to travel into space. The 7 billion humans on Earth will encroach into wildlife areas for some time to come. How do we manage this seemingly unstoppable squeeze ''GPS '' [space technology for biology]