Digital Technologies For Biodiversity Alarming Levels

Digital Technologies For Biodiversity Alarming Levels

With biodiversity decreasing at alarming levels and with less than 10 years to avoid the devastating impacts. From climate change global leaders and decision makers are looking for novel and creative solutions. Within the hallways as well as conference rooms of the global COP meetings digital technologies. Have extensively promoted to tackle the interconnected environmental threats.

The last COP27 Climate Conference in Egypt The Forest Data Partnership the global group coordinated. Through the World Resources Institute (WRI) together along with U.S. Department of State, NASA, Google and Unilever demanded an global alliance to unlock the value of land. Use data to protect and restore nature. The WRI also promoted the Land and Carbon Lab to determine the carbon stock associated with the land’s use.

Nature Climate which group comprised of 20 environmental organization has revealed a new web-based platform. That will help in the implementation of the natural solutions to climate change. They also displayed a document regarding the nature tech market. The COP15 meeting on biodiversity at Montreal, Nature Metrics, a supplier of technology for nature intelligence. And a digital dashboard that allows for standardized assessments of the state of ecosystems’ health.

However, many see this as a dangerous effort to get untested and untested technologies from corporations. Acknowledged by the UN as nature-positive solutions in the Convention on Biological Diversity and climate negotiations.

As scientists who study the function of technology in monitoring biodiversity and management of protected areas. We discover that these technologies are able to could deliver positive results. When they developed in collaboration with ethically-sound Indigenous Peoples.

Conservation And Big Tech Biodiversity

The role technology companies have on environmental governance has increased dramatically over the last decade. Tech giants such as Microsoft, IBM, Google and Amazon along with their philanthropic counterparts. Such as Bezos’s Bezos Earth Fund, have made significant investments in technology to tackle global environmental issues.

Microsoft’s $ 50 million AI for Earth program is one example. It designed to transform the way we monitor. Model and ultimately manage Earth’s natural resources through grants, technology and access to data. These programs, such as Forest Data Partnership, for instance. Forest Data Partnership, have been instrumental in establishing partnerships between academic. Philanthropic, non-governmental as well as private and public sector organizations.

They do not just transform conservation, but the natural world too. The spread of digital technology across natural ecosystems including satellites and airborne sensors. To drones to camera traps and wearable sensors is transforming. Into the Internet of Things into an internet of oceans, trees and wildlife.

In our current economic climate that characterized by data as becoming the oil of tomorrow. These technologies can also transform the oceans and forests of the world into new areas of digital trading and investment.

Corporate Greenwashing Or Climate Action?

However, critics warn that these technological solutions are merely corporate greenwashing and actually accelerate the loss of biodiversity and contribute to climate change. Even as Microsoft, Amazon and Google claim to use their technology for the benefit of the environment but they are still selling artificial intelligence and cloud computing solutions to oil firms across the world.

The research conducted by Microsoft’s AI For Earth program confirms that it tarnishes Microsoft’s image as a company, and it’s cloud computing, as well as AI tools are promoted to assist oil companies discover and disperse oil. The massive data centers make use of significant amounts of electricity and a large portion of it comes from fossil fuels.

Although Microsoft attempts to offset its carbon emissions through investments in the state of California’s Klamath East project, a section of protected woodland that is that is managed by a forest products company Its carbon offsets have been soaring in flames in recent wildfires.

Similar assertions have been made regarding Amazon as well as its eco-friendly initiatives. Although Amazon Web Services advertises its commitment to conservation and climate change however, it continues to increase emissions of greenhouse gases by providing cloud-based computing as well as AI products to oil and gas industry.

In a scathing critique of Forest Data Partnership, the environmental group Greenpeace claimed that the partnership is nothing but a green light for eight more years of forest destruction, with little respect for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Greenpeace also said that this permits polluters to continue to conduct business as usual by using carbon trickery instead of advancing true climate action.

Biodiversity To Ensure A Sustainable And Just Future

At COP15 there was an important similar movement to promote indigenous-led conservation in order to meet the world’s conservation and climate change goals. Just 5 percent of the world’s population, Indigenous Peoples steward 36 percent of our remaining intact forests, and 80 percent of the global biodiversity.

Digital technologies, however, frequently reduce the role of the local as well as Indigenous communities who involved in conservation, facilitating the shift towards more militarized and coercive strategies to conservation that make communities the targets of surveillance and monitoring.

With these challenges It is crucial to be aware of the role of digital technology in the global ecosystems for biodiversity and climate. Do these digital technologies really aid conservation led by indigenous peoples as well as climate action and peace with Earth

The initial step will be to keep track of the latest technologies within the new frameworks for biodiversity and climate. Digital tools should not used to sustain the status quo, by creating carbon credits or corporate profits. Instead, they must used ethically and in conjunction in conjunction with Indigenous Peoples and land defenders to safeguard their rights to control the ecosystems they manage, nurture and safeguard.