WILDLABS is built around the concept of uniting the community’s knowledge to find common goals that lead to solutions. With members working on every continent and with every conservation tech tool you can think of, the WILDLABS community offers technology developers, conservationists, and researchers alike an unparalleled depth of expertise to help them understand the complex and rapidly developing conservation technology landscape.
The WILDLABS Research Programme is our work to harness these insights for the benefit of conservation as a whole so that our community has better information to inform technology development and design programmes that lower barriers to effective use of technology.
The State of Conservation Technology
In 2021, we delivered the first global, community-sourced assessment of the State of Conservation Technology.
As global environmental challenges continue to escalate, understanding how to most effectively leverage tech for conservation is critical. Through this research, we identify the conservation technologies seen as having the highest untapped potential, uncover the most pressing constraints preventing progress, and pinpoint the most powerful opportunities for advancement in this rapidly evolving discipline.
In gathering and synthesizing insights from all of you - the users and makers working with these tools every day - our hope is to echo back and amplify a united voice to drive progress toward the vision you all define, ensuring we're moving in the right direction toward impactful solutions for the planet.
- Read the open-access academic publication
- Explore more of the data through our interactive report
- Check out the feature in the New York Times, showcasing projects from across our community
We've recently launched Tracking Progress - a new WILDLABS research project focused on conducting a global horizon scan of emerging technologies for movement ecology. We've kicked off the project with season four of our Virtual Meetup Series, bringing together leading experts to explore the future of movement ecology and uncover where we need to invest to help conservation tech catapult this field forward.
With the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and an advisory committee of movement ecology experts including Christian Rutz, Sarah Davidson, Roland Kays, Sara Beery, and Jennifer Solomon, we’re uniting our vibrant community to assess key gaps and opportunities to advance movement ecology through tech innovation and direct targeted funding to create real impact.
Check out the season lineup and register for upcoming events on the program page:
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