MAPA article in Quest Science magazine

Posted on September 1st, 2010 in General,Media by Alta

Quest – Science for South Africa is a quarterly publication of the Academy of Science for South Africa. It is a popular science magazine which is distributed to selected schools and institutions. The magazine aims to highlight the achievements of South African scientists and to stimulate an interest in science and its importance in society among South African youth and the general public.

The latest edition, available here, carries an article on the MAPA Project.  Here is an excerpt:

“However hard you look, you won’t find a website that tells you everything you want to know about Africa’s parks and wildlife reserves. That’s surprising since this continent is the only one with significant populations of large mammals – the so-called megafauna.

There are a few of reasons why no-one can tell you how many parks there are, or what’s in them, but the most important one is that no-one knows.

The MAPA Project was initiated in an attempt to put that right. In association with Google Earth (probably the best online mapmakers), Tracks4Africa (probably Africa’s best GPS mapmakers), and conservationists all over Africa, this project hopes to change the way the world sees this continent….”

“However hard you look, you won’t find a website that tells you everything you want to know about Africa’s parks and wildlife reserves. That’s surprising since this continent is the only one with significant populations of large mammals – the so-called megafauna.
There are a few of reasons why no-one can tell you how many parks there are, or what’s in them, but the most important one is that no-one knows.

The MAPA Project was initiated in an attempt to put that right. In association with Google Earth (probably the best online mapmakers), Tracks4Africa (probably Africa’s best GPS mapmakers), and conservationists all over Africa, this project hopes to change the way the world sees this continent….”

Read the full story here

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