The Sierra del Lacandón National Park, which measures 202,865 hectares in north-western Guatemala, is the first pilot site to use the App. It is characterized by a high biodiversity and is facing threats from ranching, population increase, and climate change. It has been observed that field notes and data collected by the park’s staff were often lost or did not correspond to what was actually happening on the ground. In September 2014, the field staff was encouraged to try the App in order to enable them to gather data more quickly. The App is also expected to enhance coherence among reports.
In Kenya, the App was tested in collaboration with the regional WWF Office and the Forest Action Network (FAN) in the Region of Lamu and Mara. More than 15 WWF staff members participated in workshop and training exercise to develop a MIRADI planning document, set up the mobile devices with the MIRADI file and learn how to use the app. It is currently being tested out in the field.
In Cambodia, the WWF team of the Mondulkiri Province was introduced to the app in early March 2014. A first set up of smart phones and an initial training was accomplished. Further collaboration and an intensification of using the app for monitoring purposes are planned.