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Gotta catch ’em all: Pokemon-style app aims to save Indonesia’s forests – Source Reuters Tech News

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An Indonesian crowdsourcing app is tapping into the competitive spirit of its users by creating Pokemon Go-type games to help map land across the sprawling archipelago and protect forests and indigenous people, organisers said on Friday.

The Urundata application uses publicly available satellite images to create games where users visit an area and then answer simple questions on the type of land they see and what it is being used for – plantations, natural forests or shrub, for instance.

Initially started as a pilot project in April last year in South Sumatra and East Kalimantan provinces – with the help of more than 600 students – the mobile application went nationwide in November and is due to end in March.

“You can choose what kind location you’re interested in – it’s pretty much a game because you collect scores as you are providing answers,” said Ping Yowargana, a coordinator at land project RESTORE+, which launched the app….

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