On 27th-28th September, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United for Wildlife and Satellite Applications Catapult are hosting a workshop entitled “Technology for Conservation: Protecting Animals in the Wild”. The event aims to create a common understanding around illegal wildlife trade challenges and identify short-term and long-term technology interventions to tackle it. The discussions will inform the international Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference taking place in London on 11-12th October.
The first day will involve conservation experts mapping out how elephants/rhinos behave to identify where best to intervene. Day two will involve tech experts suggesting options to help protect animals. BIOSEC member Laure Joanny will attend and present early reflections from her doctoral research highlighting the importance of fully taking into account the human side of technological interventions for conservation. She will outline ethical challenges associated with data collection and call attention to the human resources needed to make the best use of it.