Piloting SMART in the Philippines

Refleqt Information Management Services was contracted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to identify and pilot a feasible software solution to support biodiversity monitoring activities in the Philippines. The Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) was identified as the most suitable software solution.

GIZ, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), is working to improve the collection of data as part of its Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS). The primary requirement is to have the data captured in electronic format. This will allow the data to be easily shared and analysed to inform decision making.

Based on the requirements, all possible software options had to be reviewed. A first pass of 9 software options were reviewed, and six selected for further in-depth analysis. The outcome of the in-depth analysis revealed that SMART was the most suitable software to support the biodiversity monitoring objectives of the DENR.

Masinloc Bay

Masinloc Bay

The SMART software was piloted in two protected areas; Bataan, a terrestrial PA and Masinloc, a marine PA. The aim was to assess how the software can be configured to address the respective monitoring needs. The software, data models and data collection entry process had to be customised to mirror the current biodiversity monitoring process.

The outcome of the project was the development of a customised SMART application, a database structure and SMART configuration guide, a technical implementation report and a roadmap towards a full-scale roll-out.