On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, the Government of Belize officially endorsed the use of the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART). The SMART technology is already being used by several government and non-governmental organizations. SMART is the world’s leading tool for conservation law enforcement monitoring. The software and training materials both extend and simplify existing technologies for monitoring efforts to tackle poaching and other illegal activities, making those technologies more effective, efficient and user-friendly.
SMART has been developed in response to the recognition that traditional tools, technologies, and resources are not stemming the illegal killing and trading of endangered species and the resulting loss of threatened and highly valued biodiversity, such as jaguars, macaws, conch, grouper and their habitats.
SMART provides timely and accurate information on where, how and by whom poaching, illegal logging and other direct threats to biodiversity are occurring. It gives government agencies, managers and donors the ability to monitor and assess the cost-effectiveness of law enforcement efforts. The SMART software application is straightforward and designed to be used on the ground, by site-based staff, including community rangers to national park managers, any group, agency or individual directly engaged in, supporting, or responsible for wildlife enforcement patrols can use SMART.