• BWS facilitates novel, collaborative processes, which identify and apply innovative science and technology to improve the monitoring and protection of Earth’s biodiversity •
The Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions (BWS) program targets two of the greatest conservation crises of our time: the approaching extinction of endangered wildlife and the destruction of tropical forests where most of the world’s species resides. BWS combines creative, field-oriented approaches to conservation with the identification, adaptation, and application of innovative science and technology to dramatically improve how we monitor and protect endangered wildlife and their habitats.Utilizing RESOLVE’s convening expertise, we seek to engage a diverse set of stakeholders to collaborate on multiple ventures, with three main aims:
- WildTech Initiatives
- Biodiversity Leadership Forum
- Global Forest Watch-Biodiversity
Wildtech.mongabay.com — Where technology, research, and conservation meet
Focusing on open-source technologies and field-based applications and through the collaboration of World Resources Institute (WRI), Mongabay.com and Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions, WildTech creates a space for the collaborative development and evaluation of tools that improve both the effectiveness and efficiency of wildlife management. This platform fills a vital niche in the conservation arena, linking field biologists, NGOs, and front-line government agencies with technology experts and companies eager to help build solutions to the mounting crises of wildlife poaching and human-wildlife conflict.
Filling the current void of collaborative conservation technology, WildTech helps to identify, adapt, and develop technologies to fit the needs of biologists and conservationists in the field, as well as provide a collaborative space for sharing ideas among experts.
- Wildlife poaching
- Human-wildlife conflict
The technologies range from trail cameras aimed at catching poachers before they kill to advanced predator warning systems for farmers and villagers to chili covered fences to protect crops from raiding elephants. Please contact us for more details.
Crisis Inspires Leadership
The Biodiversity Leadership Forum assembles a diverse set of stakeholders to promote biodiversity conservation through dialogue and collaboration on producing concrete solutions.
Earth’s biodiversity is in the midst of an extinction crisis — the sixth in the history of our planet and the first attributable largely to human activities. The Biodiversity Leadership Forum (BLF) was created to help avert this catastrophic episode.
The BLF provides a collaborative space for scientists, advocates, and other stakeholders to advance the protection of biodiversity, ensuring it remains in the public eye and a priority in the conservation and development agenda. It gives leaders and stakeholders the opportunity to:
- Engage in dialogue around current challenges facing biodiversity and opportunities for its conservation
- Position biodiversity as a critical issue with global opinion leaders and decision-makers and promote scientifically valid decision-making
- Identify and be a part of concrete actions to create and implement transformative solutions.
Conservationists are most effective when speaking with one voice. Many models of success, such as the Alliance for Zero Extinction, the 1989 ban on elephant ivory, and the united lobbying approach to replenish funds for the Global Environment Facility, demonstrate how a unified effort can affect policy and practice to save species and habitats. Looking forward, the BLF is considering adoption of several inspirational goals and pragmatic interventions that form new partnerships with industry leaders to bolster the constituency for biodiversity protection.
Global Forest Watch-Biodiversity
GFW-B is a collaboration between WRI and RESOLVE that creates a robust, science-based information platform to better monitor and protect forest biodiversity.
Forests and the species they support remain under threat, largely due to the conversion of forest to agriculture, especially for oil palm, sugarcane, and pulp and paper. Development along the agricultural frontier is often haphazard, with little or no understanding of the quality of habitat it is replacing. To counter this, conservationists must offer evidence-based alternatives to conversion of natural areas where globally important species and habitats are at greatest risk. To be effective, this information must be timely and widely accessible.
Global Forest Watch – Biodiversity (GFW–B), a collaboration between RESOLVE and World Resources Institute (WRI), aims to provide timely, accessible, data-based information on the distribution of species and forest habitats to support improved conservation efforts and smart development. GFW–B builds on Global Forest Watch (GFW), WRI’s groundbreaking initiative that mobilizes satellite technology, open data, and human networks to monitor and manage the world’s forests, online and in near-real time. By integrating a wide array of forest-reliant biodiversity data sets into the platform, GFW-B is intended to help governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders plan, manage, and prioritize conservation and development interventions. GFW-B introduces an entirely new dimension to conservation by creating a dynamic, user-friendly interface for exploring the most up-to-date and relevant data sets available. This innovation generates new analyses, stories, and insights needed to protect wild nature.
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