Digital tools to manage your projects

Tools for gathering environmental information and monitoring


These training resources are funded through the WWF Conservation Innovation Fund as a partnership project between ECO NZ and the World Wide Fund for Nature NZ

The project aims to provide easy access to digital tools to help community groups with conservation and environmental projects.

ECO’s Digital Tools to Manage Environmental Protects have been developed to assist community and environmental groups in their projects to monitor and manage information.  Digital tools can be used in a wide range of circumstances, examples could include monitoring bird numbers after pest control, monitoring resource management decisions, compare mining applications with protected areas and biodiversity in the area.  This includes demonstrations of the use of Geographic Information System tools available to empower groups to make use of data gathered during environmental projects. It is designed as an online learning environment to guide and assist participants.


You will see a quick guide to finding your way around the "Moodle" online learning environment where we have collated demonstrations and links to a wide range of resources defining national digital standards, methods, best-practice ideas and helpful tips to use common programmes.

We would like to know what tools you already use, and which may be useful to you. Please visit the Moodle. You can enter as a 'Guest' and browse the resources and see information, but not contribute to a forum or ask questions. If you wish to participate, which we hope you will, please fill in the registration form and we will send you a login code. If you register you can also participate in blogs, chats and questionnaires.

We hope you will feedback through the questionnaires, one to help us know your interests, and one to determine the usefulness of the information in the courses.  ECO would also like to hear what community groups need, and if this e-learning system has helped.

Go to Digital tools to manage environmental projects.

Available modules

The first module is “Methods to collect and manage data” and the second, “Mapping and analysis tools”. Together they look at ways to use community data more effectively, empowering groups to make use of data gathered during environmental projects, and to be valued as part of national datasets. We have tutorials using local NZ data for you to try out, and examples of some successful community projects; ideas which may work for you.

1.                   Methods to collect and manage data

Wiith digital tools we can "collect information once and use it many times", and ensure that our data is compatible and comparable with similar projects. Providing robust community records will help avoid the problem of generational amnesia and the phenomenon of "shifting environmental baselines". 

What will I see?
A guide on how to access national information sets, with details on methods to collect and manage your data. The internet has revolutionised our ability to access and share information and we need to know how to apply digital standards and what software is available to us.

2.                   Mapping and analysis tools

Groups collect data during environmental projects, and can use ‘Geographic Information Systems’ to analyse this to see patterns and changes over time and place. Just as 'a picture is worth a thousand words', and because place and time are essential components of your data, it makes sense to map it. Analysis and visualisation of your data provides valuable information.

What will I see?
Guides, examples and demonstrations of the open source and proprietary tools available to empower groups to make use of data gathered during environmental projects.


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