Technology permeates every facet of our daily lives, and its effects are felt by virtually everyone on the planet. As the pace of the changes driven by technological innovation continues to accelerate, the challenge for the conservation movement is to channel these developments into positive outcomes for the world’s biodiversity.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has a long history of investing in innovation, and harnessing technology for conservation purposes is nothing new for us.
We have been deploying camera traps, for example, and using remote sensing techniques to obtain data on threatened species and their habitats for decades.
In 2003 we joined forces with Vodafone to launch the very first conservation-related mobile phone fundraising platform. The following year, our research into how technologies could be used effectively for the combined benefit of disadvantaged communities and biodiversity led to the creation of an online library of technology-related information for the conservation practitioner.
The range of conservation tools at our disposal continues to grow exponentially, and today we are embracing technology on many more fronts, particularly through strategic collaborations that link innovators and entrepreneurs with conservation and development practitioners and those living closest to the biodiversity we strive to protect.