GLAND, Switzerland, Oct. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Huawei and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, signed a strategic cooperation agreement to launch Phase 2 of the Tech4Nature partnership.
Aligned with Huawei's TECH4ALL initiative and the IUCN Green List, the launch of Tech4Nature in 2020 marked the first time that Huawei or IUCN established a major partnership spanning the ICT and nature conservation sectors.
A key outcome of Phase 2 will be to facilitate greater collaboration between the two sectors.
"Technology allows us to close the gap between science and action," said Dr. Grethel Aguilar, Acting Director General of the IUCN. "Conservationists can harness the power of big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze broad data sets and ecological trends. This invaluable information helps in the identification and protection of critical habitats, guides our efforts and can leverage necessary resources to protect threatened species."
Phase 2 will expand the global impact of the Tech4Nature partnership and expand the use of digital technologies to drive effective and equitable management of protected and conserved areas. Together, IUCN and Huawei will develop technology-based solutions for pilot projects in at least five countries, including Brazil, Kenya, Turkey, Mexico and China.
The Tech4Nature partnership will also contribute to the implementation of the 30x30 goal defined in the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) Kunming-Montreal, which requires that 30% of the Earth's terrestrial and marine areas be conserved through the establishment of protected areas and conservation measures. effective area-based conservation. The partners plan to support the implementation of the GBF through knowledge sharing and capacity development, including supporting the Global Species Action Plan (GSAP) online knowledge platform and the development of knowledge products.
"We believe that the Tech4Nature initiative will build on the success of the first phase and expand its global impact," said Peng Song, senior vice president of Huawei and president of ICT strategy and marketing in his speech during the signing ceremony for the launch of Phase 2. "We also believe that more partners will join the Tech4Nature initiative, embrace digital technology and contribute to the sustainable development of the planet."
The start of the second phase of the partnership marked the launch of Tech4Nature – A Partnership for Our Planet Publishing. This flagship publication brings together best practices and experiences from the first phase of the partnership between Huawei and IUCN, which piloted the use of ICT for nature conservation in five protected areas around the world. It also includes guidance on how technology can help different protected and conserved areas achieve the IUCN Green List Standard and the role of technology in implementing the GBF.
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