GLAND, Swiss, October 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Huawei have launched a PANORAMA Tech4Nature – Solutions in brief publication todayshowcasing the role of technology in achieving effective results in nature conservation in 22 projects across 19 countries.
The cases referenced in the publication were selected from more than 50 solutions that address six major conservation challenges. These challenges include managing protected areas, monitoring species, cultivating community participation and financing conservation actions.
“There is a growing momentum and clear buy-in from the conservation community to use more technology, but also to develop and create new ways to apply it. Appropriate deployment of technology will help ensure more sustained benefits from its application to achieve fair and effective conservation action,” said James HardcastleIUCN Protected and Conserved Areas Officer.
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Running projects Mexico and China are two typical cases included in the publication. In from Mexico Yucatan Peninsula, a solution was deployed to monitor the jaguar population and its prey through a networked system of camera traps and acoustic monitoring, with AI algorithms trained to detect and identify individual jaguars. The data provided will also provide information on the impact of climate change on the priority ecosystems of the North Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. A key aspect of this project is community involvement throughout the project cycle to improve overall results.
In China, an intelligent fire prevention system designed to protect giant panda habitats has been deployed in various locations, including Tangjiahe National Nature Reserve, a site that is on the IUCN Green List. In Sichuan panda habitats, satellite images are analyzed in real time to detect possible fires. Risks can be quickly verified and alerts sent instantly to rangers in the field. In 2021, the system resulted in a 71% reduction in serious fires.
To support the adoption and replicability of the technology solutions, the publication includes a detailed description of the success factors for each case study. It also provides both a technology solution architecture framework and a checklist to help new technology solution implementers ensure deployment is appropriate and able to overcome retention challenges.
The publication also highlights existing gaps in understanding the impact of technology on both wildlife and people, and underscores the need for transparency, inclusiveness and accountability when deploying technology-based solutions. technology.
“Digital technology is a key enabler of nature conservation. Owith deployment of more and more technologies and multi-sector collaborations, we believe that the efficiency and effect of nature conservation should be continuously improved,” said Catherine DuHead of Huawei’s TECH4ALL program.
Launched by IUCN and HuaweiTech4Nature is developing digital solutions to be piloted in five key countries: Swiss, Spain, Mauritius, Mexico and China. The program aims to cover more than 300 protected areas globally by 2023 and assess conservation success through the IUCN Green List Standard.
Aiming to provide guidance on the appropriate use of technology in area-based conservation and to directly involve the ICT industry in supporting nature conservation outcomes, Tech4Nature – Solutions in brief is the first publication under the IUCN-Huawei partnership.
The initiative itself is also the first time that IUCN has engaged in a major partnership with the ICT industry, combining the organisation’s extensive conservation standards, knowledge and experience with innovations made possible by technology.
IUCN is a membership union composed solely of government and civil society organizations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organizations with the knowledge and tools to enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to coexist.
Established in 1948, IUCN is today the largest and most diverse environmental network in the world, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,400 member organizations and some 17,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fulfill the role of an incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.
IUCN provides a neutral space in which various stakeholders, including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples’ organizations and others, can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.
Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects around the world. Combining the latest scientific knowledge with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects aim to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve human well-being.
About the IUCN Green List
The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas initiative increases and recognizes the number of protected and conserved areas around the world that are equitably governed and effectively managed to achieve successful conservation outcomes.
At the heart of the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas (IUCN Green List) initiative is the only global standard for best practice in effective area-based conservation. It is a certification system for protected and conserved areas – national parks, natural world heritage sites, community conserved areas, nature reserves – that are assessed as being effectively and equitably managed. The full list of IUCN Green List sites is available here.
Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We have more than 197,000 employees and operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world.
Our vision and mission is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected and intelligent world. To this end, we will foster ubiquitous connectivity and promote equal access to networks; bringing the cloud and artificial intelligence to every corner of the world to deliver superior computing power where you need it, when you need it; build digital platforms to help all industries and organizations become more agile, efficient and dynamic; redefine the user experience with AI, making it more personalized for people in all aspects of their lives, whether at home, in the office or on the go.
About Huawei TECH4ALL
TECH4ALL is Huawei’s long-term digital inclusion initiative that aims to leave no one behind in the digital world. In the field of the environment, TECH4ALL focuses on safeguarding biodiversity. To date, we have worked with partners such as IUCN and Rainforest Connection, as well as many local partners, to apply digital technologies, such as telecommunications networks, IoT, cloud and AI, to protect forests, oceans and wetlands in more than 15 countries.
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PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet is a partnership initiative to document and promote examples of inspiring and replicable solutions across a range of conservation and sustainability topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration.
PANORAMA allows practitioners to share and reflect on their experiences, increase recognition for successful work, and learn with their peers how similar challenges have been addressed around the world.
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