Information Technologies for the Participatory and Dynamic Management of Brazilian National Parks

Authors

  • Michel T. R. N. de Omena Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • Rafael de Oliveira Dura Escrich Federal University of Santa Catarina
  • Natalia Hanazaki Federal University of Santa Catarina

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/JPRA-2023-11528

Abstract

Information Technology tools have evolved and can be useful in bringing society closer to the administration of Protected Areas through Citizen Science-type initiatives. This study developed and tested two tools for National Parks (NPs)(Beta versions): 1) a cellphone app (Parceir@s Parques Nacionais), and 2) a website (Conserva Parques) that we hope will enable users to interact with NP managers who can gain more direct access to visitors’ perceptions. The app’s goal  is to establish user-manager interactions through the registration of occurrences in the NPs, and through the website, thus providing society with a prediction of the degree of nature conservation in NPs by making hypothetical alterations to public use variables. The perceptions of those “beta-testers” were registered in an online form. Both tools achieved approval ratings of over 75%. The conclusion is that the testing of both tools developed in this study can progress to a phase directly with NP users. 

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Published

2023-03-31

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Research Notes