Technology is transforming the way we conduct work in the field, how we analyse and report data, and how we’re able to share what we’ve learned for the benefit of others. In changing these facets of conservation, technology has also opened up new possibilities for this field to welcome people around the globe who have untapped expertise to offer us, but who may not consider themselves conservationists by trade; by hobby, maybe, or by way of a lifelong passion, or maybe even through some unexpected collaboration.
Nonetheless, in the conservation tech community, their contributions are able to stand on equal footing with those of field biologists and wildlife researchers. Bringing technology into conservation doesn’t just allow for greater quantities of data and faster results: it allows for the growth of a vibrant, expanding, diverse, and collaborative community, its members all connected through the simple desire to contribute what they can, how they can, from wherever they may be in the world.
The WILDLABS online community is the starting point for these connections. With more than 5,000 members around the world, WILDLABS is the go-to place for conservation technology online. Our platform empowers local conservationists and technology developers to connect, collaborate and crowdsource conservation technology advice from around the globe. The problems faced by our planet and the challenges facing conservation cannot be solved by any one sector working in silos. To find solutions will need new voices and new approaches. Together, we can build the solutions needed.
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