March 3rd 2022 marks the UN International Wildlife Day, and this year’s theme is “Recovering Key Species for Ecosystem Restoration”, which will focus on the world’s most critically endangered fauna and flora.
Almost 25% of all species are at risk of going extinct because of unsustainable human activities, habitat loss, over exploitation and climate change. Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) is the fourth largest crime and it is estimated that the value of illegal wildlife trade is between $7 billion and $23 billion each year.
The aim of this event is to explore the positive impact of digital technologies for wildlife protection, from the role of satellite images and computer algorithms for monitoring critically endangered wildlife, the Internet of Things and the Cloud to make poaching predictable and using apps to combat illegal wildlife trade. All conversations will be inspired by and seek to inform efforts towards the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals 1 (No Poverty), 2 (Zero hunger) 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns), 13 (Climate Action) 14 (Life Below Water) and 15 (Life on Land).