Echoing the “One Earth” theme of World Environment Day on June 5, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Huawei and global partners explored the role of technology in conservation of nature at the “Tech for a Better Planet” summit.
Both partners hosted the summit online “Tech for a Better Planet” to demonstrate how technology can greatly improve nature conservation outcomesunveiling new digital technologies that will become essential enablers of environmental protection.
Established in 1948, IUCN has become the largest and most diverse environmental network in the world. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 member organizations and the input of some 18,000 experts. IUCN is the world authority on the status of nature and the measures needed to safeguard it. Their experts are divided into six commissions devoted to the survival of species, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, education and communication.
The process of responding to environmental threats has raised awareness that technology can make a crucial difference in nature conservation, according to the statement from IUCN and its partners.
“We believe that digital technology is a key element in protecting the environment”said Tao Jingwen, director of the board of directors and director of the sustainable development committee of Huawei.
“All sectors of society should work together in an open and collaborative market environment to apply technological innovations to industries and transform new technologies into solutions and services that can help build a green planet”according to him.
Huawei promotes green development in industries through ICT innovations that support the global zero-carbon journey. On the energy supply side, the company has integrated power electronics and digital technologies to accelerate the development of renewable energies.
In terms of energy consumption, Huawei has announced that it will continue to innovate in the field of energy-saving technologies to continuously improve the energy efficiency of ICT infrastructure, which will save energy and reduce emissions in industries.
Huawei has also formed long-term partnerships to improve nature conservation outcomes by developing technology solutions that can better understand nature and lead to more effective measures to protect biodiversity in a wide range of ecosystems.
In 2020, IUCN and Huawei launched the global Tech4Nature project and have since launched pilot projects based on the IUCN Green List Standard in Switzerland, Spain, China, Mexico and Mauritius.
Off the coast of Mauritius, IUCN, Huawei and Ecomode Society have deployed the first underwater system in the Western Indian Ocean capable of monitoring coral reef ecosystems in real time.
The goal of the project is to restore highly threatened coral reef ecosystems by cultivating live corals in nurseriestransplanting them and monitoring growth, water conditions and threats like algae.
The solution includes underwater cameras with special lenses, sensors, a 4G network to transport data and artificial intelligence to interpret the results. To date, nearly 10,000 coral fragments have been transplanted into degraded reefs, with a total of 25,000 planned for the end of 2022.
“The IUCN-Huawei partnership Tech4Nature project is a good example of an innovative project between the conservation and ICT sectors to realize the transformative potential of the appropriate use of digital technology to impact the conservation of nature by zone”, said Stewart Maginnis, IUCN Deputy Program Director General.
Besides, TECH4ALL is a long-term initiative and action plan launched by Huawei to promote digital inclusion. Its primary objective is to ensure that no one is left behind in the digital world. Huawei works with its customers and partners to promote digital inclusion and sustainable development in four areas: education, environment, health, and development.
IUCN positions the combination of “Technology, Data and Innovation” as central to achieving the ambitious goals of IUCN’s Nature 2030 Agenda. The organization also believes that innovations in data sensing, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence can dramatically improve knowledge and insights into impact domains such as land, water, the oceans and the climate. This, in turn, will help stakeholders design better-informed conservation measures and monitoring systems for species and ecosystems.
Also at the summit, environmental and science experts and advocates including Ecomode Society, WWF Italy, Berlevåg jeger og fiskeforening, Shan Shui Nature Conservation Center and Huawei Digital Energy Product Line shared their global insights and practices on climate change and the conservation of natural resources.