Here you will find information about our 2013 scholars. This group is selected by our chapters in 10 countries and regions around the world. We encourage all SCGIS members to find candidates doing work or needing help relevant to what you do, and to reach out and contact them, introduce yourself, see how you can help them. Those wishing to donate can do so at the official SCGIS site.
Mr Takoukam Kamla Aristide, African Marine Mammals Conservation Association, Cameroon
. job title or role in the organization: Project Coordinator
*-Organization name: AMMCA (African Marine Mammals Conservation Association)
*-Organization full street address (in your local format): Dizangue, Edea Cameroon
*-Organization full mailing address, if different: Po.Box: 7039 Intendance round about, Yaounde
*-Work phone with country and area code: (00237) 79360673
*-Work fax with country and area code:N/A
*-Main email: kamlaaristide1 at yahoo.fr
"My name is Aristide Kamla. I'm a member of an association engaged in the Conservation of African Marine Mammals (AMMCA) such as dolphins and West African mammals. We are currently running a marine mammal conservation project entitled: " Assessing the distribution, bycatch and strandings of marine mammals on the Cameroon Coast" and funded by WCS. In this project , we intend to improve available knowledge of dolphin and West African manatee by building a fisher community-network that will record and communicate sightings and captures, and by completing boat surveys in sites with high sighting reports. Data collected will then enable the creation of a distribution and density map and improve understanding of habitat use. This study would initiate a long-term monitoring scheme of the Cameroon coastal zone. This project has the particularity that it will also help identify areas with high dolphins or manatee occurrences that could be used as eco-touristic areas. The most important part of this project rely heavily on mapping and spatial analysis in order to display data collected in a way that would be easily understood by various stakeholders. However my organization doesn't have this skill required to perform such an advance GIS technology. SCGIS scholarship is a unique opportunity for my organization and me to build its capacity in advanced GIS adapted to marine environment.
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*-Describe your current GIS capability/expertise: I've been using ArcView 3.0 and map info 9.0 for mapping West African manatee sighting and strandings reported by fishers within two protected areas of Cameroon. I was using approximate location coordinates such as name of the villages reported by the fishermen as sighting or stranding sites that I would then locate on a base map (in a TIF format) and mark them using different symbols and colours. I've also mapped direct sightings locations by uploading GPS coordinates (in *text format) in ArcView or ArcMap software to display on a map the spatial distribution of direct manatee sightings. I have some knowledge on how to use MaxEnt and ArcGIS for modeling species or diseases distribution using online environmental variable such as vegetation and climate (Cam-bio 1 through 19 in ASC and PRJ format).
*-What GIS training are you interested in? I would be interested in advancing my knowledge in ArcGIS for desktop, in how to display points and layers on ArcGIS in a more effective way. I'm also eager to master how to perform spatial analysis and species distribution modeling using ArcGIS 10 software couple with other data analysis software such as R and MaxEnt. I need this skill because within our project, we are building a manatee stranding and sighting map that we will update on monthly basis as new sightings and stranding will be reported. And we would like to be able to predict places where next stranding will occur and what would be the marine mammals distribution in Cameroon coastal areas in the next 5 or 10 or 25 years considering anthropogenic factors. I'm also interested in GIS on the Web, this is my favorite, because one of our organization objectives is the visibility over our activities; and in order to provide to stakeholders update on strandings and sightings along the coastal area of Cameroon, we would like to be able to provide online mapping information to share with any person having interest to and I believe map is the best and easily understandable format to share information on actual marine mammal status in way that the majority of stakeholders including the local community feels comfortable with. In a medium term, I would like to build a social network online map whereby any person with a mobile phone with integrated GPS and appropriate apps, in case they encountered a marine mammals carcasses or alive ones, they would thus snap the object and it would be on one clic uploaded to the online local map data base.
*-ORGANIZATION’S WORK: AMMCA (African Marine Mammal Conservation Association) is a recently created and affiliated non-profit association whose team has been working for more than three years for the conservation of marine mammals such as West African manatees and dolphins in Cameroon coastal area including protected areas such as Douala-Edea Wildlife Reserve and Lake Ossa Wildlife Reserve. AMMCA Mission is to promote marine mammals conservation through education, sensitization, capacity building, eco-tourism development, monitoring and research. Our current project intends to improve available knowledge of these species ( by building a fisher community-network that will record and communicate sightings and captures, and by completing boat surveys in sites with high sighting reports. Data collected will then enable the editing of a distribution and density map and improve understanding on these species habitat use. This study would initiate a long-term monitoring scheme of the Cameroon coastal zone. This project is mentored and funded by WCS-UK (Wildlife Conservation Society- UK). AMMCA work in collaboration with local authorities, fisher's communities, CBOs and marine organizations such as ACBM (Association Camerounaise de Biologie Marine).
*-ROLE IN THE ORGANIZATION: I'm the Project coordinateur at AMMCA. My role include writing and submitting proposals for funding, leading project implementation, data management and reporting. I'm currently leading a project entitled:” Assessing the distribution, bycatch and strandings of marine mammals on the Cameroon Coast " funded by WCS. I'm in charge of planning field activities (meetings with fishers communities, education, training, surveys) to the various study sites and managing and analyzing data collected from the field. Data in this project are mainly names and/or GPS coordinate of places where a marine mammal sighting have been reported by fishermen within the sighting and stranding network of this project. In fact each time that one of the 12 fishermen of the network would sight a marine mammals, he will call one study staff to inform him about this sighting and indicate the position where he sighted it. This information will be recorded and a field trip will be organized to confirm dead; Then, at the end of each month I will map all these sighting locations using ArcGIS 10 software, a spatial analyses will be completed simple criteria, but will incorporate effort data recorded on datasheets. This spatial analysis that I run in ArcGIS 10 software will then help us to identify areas where it will best to plan structured boat surveys to estimate relative abundance.