Our Partners on Tech for a Better Planet

ByGary Maidment

June 21, 2022

Gary Maidment

The earth is under threat from climate change and biodiversity loss. Up to 1 million of the species that we share our home with face extinction unless we act now.

Earlier this month, Huawei, the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN), and our conservation project partners explored the key role of technology in nature conservation at the Tech 4 a Better Planet online summit.

Learn about the projects, partnerships, and tech that are helping to safeguard and restore our endangered planet under Huawei’s TECH4ALL initiative.

IUCN: The Value of Nature-based Solutions & the Role of Technology in Enabling Conservation Impact

Stewart Maginnis, Deputy Director General (Programme), IUCN

Stewart outlines IUCN’s commitment to nature-based solutions, its importance in mitigating a range of sustainability crises, and introduces the IUCN-Huawei Tech4Nature partnership that aims to develop conservation measures for 300 protected sites globally.

IUCN says: The IUCN-Huawei Tech4Nature partnership project is a good example of an innovative project between the ICT and conservation sectors to realise the potential of the appropriate use of digital technologies for area-based conservation impact.

Nature-based solutions have the potential to mitigate over 30% of our climate mitigation needs.

Two-thirds of the governments that support the Paris Agreement have included nature-based solutions in their national climate action plans.

Learn more at IUCN’s webpage for nature-based solutions and watch Stewart’s talk in full here (6.00-13.45).

EcoMode Society: Connecting the Coral Reef to Society in Mauritius

Dr. Nadeem Nazurally, President, Ecomode Society

Nadeem introduces the TECH4ALL project that aims to use technology to underpin the restoration and protection of the coral reef ecosystem off the coast of Mauritius.

EcoMode Society (EMS) says: We create awareness of the current environmental status and encourage others to work towards sustainability. EMS is actively involved in various projects towards marine biodiversity protection and restoration around Mauritius.

A quarter of all marine life live on coral reefs…but 25% of the world’s reefs have already disappeared and 88% are at risk.

Coral reefs provide the basis of 10% of the world’s diet.

Learn more about EMS’s work to save and restore the coral reef system in Mauritius with Huawei and other partners, and watch Nadeem’s talk in full here (31.55-35.30).

WWF: ReNature Italy for the Coexistence of Humans and Nature

Marco Galaverni, Programme & Oases Director, WWF Italy

Marco introduces the TECH4ALL project covering 12 protected “Oasis” sites in Italy. Online Guardian and offline AudioMoth audio-monitoring devices have been deployed to study biodiversity and detect the sounds of potentially illegal activities such as poachers’ gunshots, motorbike engines, and the chainsaws of illegal loggers.

WWF Italy says: The well-being of every living being is inextricably linked to that of all the other animal and plant species with which we share this extraordinary planet. This is why we were born over 60 years ago: we believe in the environment as a resource for life and we want to defend it from the dangers, profit-motive, and interests that put it at risk.

Italy has the highest number and density of both animal and plant species within the European Union, as well as a high rate of endemism.

Rainforest Connection’s Guardian platform and Huawei’s AI can detect and interpret environmental threats and send alerts to rangers in real-time to intervene.

Learn more about the Italy Nature Guardian project and listen to Marco’s talk in full here (36.00-44.45)

Berlevåg JFF: Fighting Back Against the Humpback Salmon

Tor Schulstad, River Guardian & Fish Stocks Research and Management, Berlevåg JFF

Tor introduces the TECH4ALL project in Norway that uses underwater video cameras and AI to count numbers of the invasive Humpback salmon, which is threatening the native Atlantic salmon, with a view to preventing them entering the waterways of Finnmark.

Berlevåg JFF says: The solution that we developed in collaboration with Huawei is perhaps one of the best solutions to prevent the humpback salmon from establishing themselves in the waterways of Finnmark.

Invasive species are one of the top five threats to biodiversity.

Invasive species are created when a non-native plant, animal, microbe, or other living organism is introduced into an ecosystem, either intentionally or unintentionally.

Learn more about the Norway project and listen to Tor’s talk in full here (45.27-53.10).

Before you go…check out more stories under the environmental domain of the Huawei digital inclusion and sustainability initiative TECH4ALL.

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Digital Content Manager, Huawei Gary is a tech writer who focuses on ICT industry trends & he also runs this blog.

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