IUCN and Huawei Launch Tech4Nature Publication to Showcase Technology-Based Nature Conservation Best Practices

GLAND, Switzerland, October 18, 2022 /CNW/ – The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Huawei today launched the publication PANORAMA Tech4Nature – Solutions in Focuswhich showcases the role of technology in achieving effective nature conservation results in 22 projects in 19 countries.

The cases featured in the post were chosen from more than 50 solutions that address six major conservation challenges. These challenges include managing protected areas, monitoring species, encouraging community engagement and funding conservation action.

“There is clearly a growing momentum and buy-in from the conservation community to use technology more, but also to develop and create new ways to apply it. Appropriate deployment of technology will help ensure more sustainable benefits from its application to achieve equitable and effective conservation measures,” said James Hardcastle, Program Development Manager for IUCN’s Protected Areas Program.

The ongoing projects in Mexico and China are two typical examples included in the publication. In the peninsula of yucatan, in Mexico, a solution was deployed to monitor the jaguar population and their prey through a networked system of camera traps and acoustic monitoring, with artificial intelligence algorithms trained to detect and spot jaguars. The data provided will also provide a better understanding of the impact of climate change on priority ecosystems on the north coast of the yucatan. One of the key aspects of this project is the involvement of the community throughout the entire project cycle to boost overall results.

In China, a smart 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 panda habitats Sichuan, the satellite images are analyzed in real time to detect any fires. Risks can be quickly verified and alerts sent instantly to rangers in the field. In 2021, the system reduced the number of serious fires by 71%.

To drive adoption and replicability of technology solutions, the publication includes a detailed description of the success factors for each case study. It also provides a framework for architecting a technology solution and a checklist to help new implementers of technology solutions ensure that the deployment is appropriate and capable of meeting conservation challenges.

The publication also highlights existing gaps in understanding the impact of technology on wildlife and people, and highlights the need for transparency, inclusiveness and accountability when deploying technological solutions.

Digital technology is a key factor in nature conservation. Due to ever-increasing deployment of technology and multi-sector collaborations, we believe that the nature conservation efficiency and effect should be improved continuously,” said Catherine Du, Huawei’s TECH4ALL program manager.

Launched byIUCN and Huawei, the Tech4Nature program is developing digital solutions that will be tested in five key countries: Switzerland, Spain, the Republic of Mauritius, Mexico and China. The program aims to cover more than 300 protected areas globally by 2023 and assess conservation success using the IUCN Green List Standard.

Tech4Nature–Solutions in Focus is the first publication of the partnership between IUCN and Huawei, aiming to provide guidance on the appropriate use of technology in area conservation and to directly engage the ICT sector in supporting nature conservation outcomes .

The initiative itself also represents the first time that IUCN has engaged in a major partnership with the ICT industry, bringing together the organisation’s extensive conservation standards, knowledge and experience through innovations made possible by technology.

About IUCN

IUCN is a Member Union composed solely of government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organizations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

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. Through the diversity of its membership, IUCN can act as 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 organizations and other actors, can work together to find and implement solutions to challenges. environment and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN is developing a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects around the world. Combining the latest scientific advances with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects aim to reverse the loss of habitats, restore ecosystems and improve the well-being of populations.

About the IUCN Green List

The initiative of the IUCN green list of protected and conserved areas promotes the increase and recognition of the number of protected and conserved areas around the world that are governed equitably and effectively managed to achieve meaningful conservation results.

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 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 managed effectively and equitably . The full list of sites on the IUCN Green List is available here.

About Huawei

Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We have more than 197,000 employees, and we are present 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 individual, every home and every organization, for a fully connected and intelligent world. To this end, we promote ubiquitous connectivity and equal access to networks; we bring cloud computing and artificial intelligence to every corner of the planet to deliver superior computing power where you need it, when you need it; we build digital platforms to help all industries and businesses become more agile, efficient and dynamic; we are redefining the user experience through AI, to make it more personalized for users in all aspects of their lives, whether at home, in the office or on the go.

About Huawei’s 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, the Internet of Things, the cloud and the artificial intelligence, 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 sustainable development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration.

PANORAMA allows practitioners to share and reflect on their experiences, increase recognition of successful work, and learn from their peers how similar challenges have been addressed around the world.

Different thematic disciplines and communities contribute to PANORAMA. On the web platform, these communities are represented by portals. As PANORAMA evolves, we welcome additional themes and new partners.

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For further information: CONTACTS: IUCN: IUCN Media Relations, [email protected] ∣ +41 22 999 02 45; Huawei: TECH4ALL Program Office, [email protected]


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