discussion / Connectivity  / 25 June 2020

Sharing GSMA's Report on Digital Tech in Natural Resource Management

Hi all. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the GSMA, we are a global association that works on behalf of over 1,000 technology companies, including most of the world's mobile phone companies and large tech organisations like Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Cisco, Samsung and others. Through our Foundation, called 'Mobile for Development', we work with our members and other partners to drive innovation in low and middle-income countries, and to help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. 

I wanted to share that our CleanTech programme has just completed new landscaping research - Digital Dividends in Natural Resource Management - with EY's Climate Change and Sustainability team which explores the role that digital technology (mobile, satellite, IoT, AI, etc.) is playing to support natural resource management efforts, including wildlife conservation. The report includes a number of case studies on tech-enabled wildlife projects that may be of interest to this group, including a profile of African Parks' EarthRanger system, which our team was lucky enough to see first-hand. 

The report is just the tip of the iceberg in understanding how to digitise conservation efforts, and may include insights and lessons that are already well-known to this group of experts. However, for GSMA and our members, this is new and exciting territory.  I'd be happy to explore opportunities for collaboration or to exchange knowledge - please get in touch if you're interested.