Desert Eyes and Ears supports Aboriginal Rangers - the largest conservation workforce in Australia, managing over 9% of Australia’s landmass - by developing a network of biodiversity and cultural monitoring equipment that allows for more effective conservation and cultural site management. Initially, Environs Kimberley is collaborating with the Karajarri Rangers on their Indigenous Protected Area (24,797 km2) in the Great Sandy Desert, enabling effective planning, evaluation and adaptation of conservation management activities often prohibited by the size and remoteness of key sites. Algorithm-driven software will sort recorded images and sounds to identify animal species, and a dedicated immersive space will allow Karajarri people to virtually visit remote sites, allowing cultural ceremonies, education and connection to remote country between on-country visits. The project will be scaled up to include more Aboriginal Ranger groups and other conservation land managers, protecting natural landscapes and species for future generations.
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