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Creating Powerful Conservation Tools

21st century conservation must capitalize on technology to solve problems. By leveraging and adapting new technology—including wireless internet, global telecommunication systems, cloud computing, online mapping and smart-phones—and combining it with existing tools such as geographic information systems (GIS), satellite imagery and animal tracking collars, WWF scientists are providing the foundation for new conservation strategies.

Next Generation of Conservation Tools

By filling in knowledge gaps and enabling increased participation and transparency in monitoring the health of our planet, WWF leads the development of the next generation of conservation tools and analyses. These insights will advance conceptual and technological frontiers while improving conservation decisions, policies and practices.

Using Technology to Solve Problems

WWF scientists work to minimize human wildlife conflicts occurring in rural communities by linking mobile phone connectivity to animal tracking telemetry and remote cameras to allow affordable, high resolution monitoring of species. We also develop GIS tools to develop land use risk maps and integrate them in an online mapping tool to guide sustainable agricultural development. We crowd source data collection through innovative tools like Moabi—an online system that allows users from grassroots to international organizations to share spatial information on projects proposed by companies, banks, and governments. As a result, maps of new roads, hydroelectric dams, forests, mining and agricultural concessions are constantly updated.

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