discussion / AI for Conservation  / 8 May 2024

Indigenous communities and AI for Conservation


I am looking for recommendations for people from indigenous communities who are either using AI or exploring the potential of AI to solve conservation problems. I came across this website (below), and people such as Michael Running Wolf. 

But I was wondering if there are other 'big players' in this field of AI for indigenous communities and conservation.  

Suggestions welcome!

Commenting so I get notifications on this, super interesting question. 

Sam if you're based at Cambridge, have you connected with Joycelyn Longdon? She's doing some really interesting research with AI and ethics, her PhD project title is: Monitoring Ghanaian Forests with Bioacoustics, Machine Learning and Indigenous Knowledge. I've been trying to get her as a speaker on Variety hour for the last few months as I saw her present on her research last year and it was fascinating. She might be a good person to chat to if you aren't already connected? More on her research here.

I am also commenting for future notifications - very interested to hear some responses.

While not directly related to AI, here in Canada there's quite a conversation around data sovereignty for Indigenous communities, such as OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, Possession) which may be able to connect you with some of the big players in this part of the world. There is also a few efforts to incorporate more Indigenous knowledge systems in statistical modelling which may be of interest: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2023.09.07.556613v1.full.pdf