The primary aim of this project is to implement an on-ground data collection system which aligns with the Caring for our Country monitoring, evaluation, reporting and implementation (MERI) strategy and which will ultimately provide data on the state and change over time in the condition of assets on Indigenous Protected Areas and Working on Country projects. CyberTracker is uniquely appropriate for Indigenous use where there may be language barriers and harsh field conditions.
Indigenous rangers are already achieving environmental outcomes and reporting six-monthly against detailed scopes of works. The coordinated use of CyberTracker technology will enable important improvements to existing reporting by enabling consistent and reliable environmental data collection across projects. CyberTracker records data (on events, observations or issues) in the field for downloading to a database management system where analysis and mapping of the data can be done.
Key success factors for CyberTracker implementation are training and support for Working on Country rangers and Indigenous Protected Areas projects during roll out; coordination of database applications used to record information across groups; as well as, technical support for implementation, data sharing and storage. Training, coordination and support is being provided through three networks across northern, central and southern Indigenous Protected Areas and Working on Country projects.