nected cameras to deter rhino poaching in South Africa took an extra month,
in part because flooding closed all roads to the project site for a week—and the
team had to replace camera cables after baboons chewed through them.
The team also had to resolve problems created by South Africa’s energy
infrastructure. For example, WPS chose to use solar panels to power its research
facility to avoid being impacted by the power outages the local electricity company schedules every month, Mr. Schmidt says. However, the team also had to
install a backup generator several months into the project after learning that
malfunctioning inverters, which convert DC to AC electric current, occasionally
knocked out solar power.
“We have learned that, almost without fail, there are unforeseen complications related to working in remote areas which can cause extensive timeline
delays,” he says.
LEARNING TO FLY
Once the equipment is in the field, preservation projects need adept operators
behind the scenes. So project managers must make sure team members are
comfortable with tech tools from the start. Building training into the budget and
schedule has helped multinational organization Conservation Drones to keep its
animal-monitoring projects on track.
For example, the organization’s ongoing project in Indonesia’s Northern
projects need to apply
the unpredictable scenario
is very much a part of
—Elena Bulmer, PMP, Worldwatch Institute Europe,
A camera trap captures a
photo of a snow leopard in
Tajikistan. Left, a snow leopard
looks back at a camera trap in