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Tech Meets Conservation: Meetup 2

Theme: Current tech innovations driving the conservation agenda. Held on Tuesday 21st May 2013.
by Evans Campbell on 24 May 2013

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Transcript of Tech Meets Conservation: Meetup 2

Current tech innovations driving the conservation agenda forward Tech Meets Conservation Henrik - Savannah Tracking WELCOME MiSavannah - smartphone-based app to track wildlife movement and raise awareness on the plight of game in the wild. Lillian - Green Belt Movement Tree-planting maps - GBM are supported by World Bank in development of maps for trees planted & sites in which they are planted. Major Challenge What does the Green Belt Movement (GBM) do? Aren't there already bodies in place? We must take the initiative to provide the data for enforcement bodies to become more proactive, put them to task. Data is already available, but stored in bulk by organisations that pay for its curation but have not made it publicly available. At times it's less costly to run the solution than to develop it, since the solution can sustain itself once fully deployed, making development a sustainable process. Cost of tech solutions for conservation? Getting businesses on-board In the hotel industry, the existing award system factors in how environmentally-sustainable hotels are. NOT being eco-friendly would be bad for business in the long-run. Information is POWER Legislation can help keep things at consumer-friendly levels, because businesses raise prices when forced to conform with higher standards. It empowers people to have a reference point in their defence. How do we protect the protectors? Faceless-ness --- Being the "WikiLeaks" for the environment Putting faces to perpetrators Getting facts, names and shames that people can relate to and be moved to action The VALUE PROPOSITION to the people? Connect the citizen to the problem, rich and poor. Going forward? For our next meetup, bring YOUR story about environmental degradation Thank you to all who attended and see you with a friend next time. Following our first ever Tech Meets Conservation meetup, we were thrilled to see a greater turnout and even richer discussion on Tuesday (21st May) for our second. Understanding the GBM They are actively involved in campaigning for better law enforcement, empowering locals to stand up for the natural resources around them.
The organisation focuses on a holistic view of the environment as opposed to just trees and forests as most people know. Raising awareness about all this and getting more people engaged and on-board
Monitoring and publicly reporting pollution/environmental degradation could help get more people RELATING to the issues on the ground Solution Incentives are needed to get developers interested in creating the apps and solutions that can drive the conservation agenda
Packaging of developed solutions could also help drive their uptake: show that it curbs/solves a distinct problem and meets a need. But in some cases, even getting the development going is a costly affair, needing a lot of funding which is hard to come by.
(a hospitality hypothesis) Pushing the bottom-lines of businesses towards a focus on the environment - "you destroy, you lose"
Getting our "money's worth" in terms of products that are apparently eco-friendly, like "low-sulphur" fuel.
The apparently low-sulphur fuel we get in Kenya has several times more sulphur than that in Europe. Why the double standards? Campaigns are often forced to shut down by strong-arming people who protest against environmental injustices. #OccupyNow?
Ushahidi for the environment? Getting people curious, involved. Give them a map and a voice so they can tell THEIR stories and see others'. Going to the grass-roots, putting people in a position to stand up for their natural resources - as the Green Belt Movement does through its conservation campaigns. Social media is a powerful tool. It gets people involved, aware and proactive. Locally its power has been shown with initiatives like #OccupyParliament www.hellopeter.com - Example of a potential GCP that can be used to guide development of a "naming and shaming", info sharing and awareness-raising platform. Tell the story that touches ALL ...and we'll pick one, or many, that we can share with the world Tech Applications in Conservation (Meetup 2)
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