A call for international leadership and coordination to realize the potential of conservation technology

José J. Lahoz-Monfort, Iadine Chadès, Alasdair Davies, Eric Fegraus, Edward Game, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita, Robert Harcourt, Karlina Indraswari, Jennifer McGowan, Jessica L. Oliver, Johannes Refisch, Jonathan Rhodes, Paul Roe, Alex Rogers, Adrian Ward, David M. Watson, James E. M. Watson, Brendan A. Wintle, Lucas Joppa

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    Advancing technology represents an unprecedented opportunity to enhance our capacity to conserve the Earth's biodiversity. However, this great potential is failing to materialize and rarely endures. We contend that unleashing the power of technology for conservation requires an internationally coordinated strategy that connects the conservation community and policy-makers with technologists. We argue an international conservation technology entity could (1) provide vision and leadership, (2) coordinate and deliver key services necessary to ensure translation from innovation to effective deployment and use of technology for on-the-ground conservation across the planet, and (3) help integrate innovation into biodiversity conservation policy from local to global scales, providing tools to monitor outcomes of conservation action and progress towards national and international biodiversity targets. This proposed entity could take the shape of an international alliance of conservation institutions or a formal intergovernmental institution. Active and targeted uptake of emerging technology can help society achieve biodiversity conservation goals.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)823-832
    Number of pages10
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


    • biodiversity
    • conservation
    • technology
    • open-source
    • innovation


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