Protecting the Amazon Rainforest with ODK

This great "Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops" video from filmmaker
Denise Zmekhol shows how the Surui tribe is using ODK and Google Earth
to help protect the Amazon rainforest and their way of life. Watch at

ODK's ability to capture pictures, video, audio and GPS locations has
helped the Surui people document the illegal logging that is happening
on their lad. In near realtime, they can now also send this data into
Google Earth to visualize and validate the carbon reserves of the
forest they live in.

As Google Earth Outreach's Tanya Birch explains, "This process is part
of their 50-year sustainability plan, and serves as a model for how
indigenous tribes who have lost much of their ancestral land to
logging and deforestation can thrive with the help of a new emerging
market based on carbon credits."

Read more about the Surui's use of technology for carbon stocks and
cultural mapping at