discussion / Community Base  / 9 February 2022

Media stories highlight WILDLABS research & community

We're thrilled and honored to see two more great articles out this week covering our recent State of Conservation Technology research!

The first, published in Mongabay, was written by Caitlin Looby. On top of an excellent summary of our research findings, Caitlin included a thoughtful deep dive into the underlying motivations of this work, why it’s so crucial to include local and Indigenous communities in conservation tech efforts, and why being able to do this effectively is tied so closely to the constraints facing the entire discipline. Check it out here.

The second article, written by Trang Chu Minh and published in The Hill, also touches on the importance of inclusion and accessibility in conservation tech. However, what stood out to us about this piece was the fantastic overview Trang provides of the kinds of efforts that are driving conservation technology forward, highlighting an array of awesome projects  (many of which are led by you all in this community!) in a way that's accessible to a broader audience. It's always super exciting for us to see your projects getting the attention they deserve. Read this article here.

These are exactly the kinds of conversations we hoped would come out of this research, both within and beyond the active conservation tech community. A huge thanks to the authors for the insightful perspectives and for lovely conversations with @StephODonnell and me. We hope you all enjoy the reading, and let us know if you have any thoughts on the stories!