• Helen Avery

Tech Investments for Poaching

In Tanzania, a drone emerges from a bush, startling an elephant poised to roam into a farmer’s crops. The sound, similar to a swarm of bees, causes the elephant to change course and a small but possibly devastating moment of human-wildlife conflict is avoided.

Technology has a key role to play in conservation in Africa, and now it’s being taken to another level using artificial intelligence (AI).

Eric Dinerstein is director of WildTech and the Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions Program at the conservation non-govern- mental organization Resolve and was formerly chief scientist at the World Wide Fund for Nature.

He has been working with firms such as Intel, Inmarsat and Microsoft to develop low-cost technology that could prevent poaching and human-wildlife conflict – like the drones his team is using in Tanzania.

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