Can technology make us better stewards of wildlife?

Africa Rhino Poaching Sustainable Tourism Just as the tragic death of Cecil the Lion awoke the world to the cruelty of trophy hunting, there was also another, less reported, but potentially positive aspect to that story. We only knew of Cecil’s demise due to the collar he was wearing, which was just one example of how we are using technologies to better understand and monitor the natural world.

“New, emerging technology can build on this success, while bringing society as a whole closer to wild places,” writes Mira Inbar for GreenBiz. “New information and ways of looking at the world will make us more empathetic, and ultimately force us to change our behaviour to be better stewards of the natural world.”

in Brief
  • We can tag and track whale shark populations from space, using remote sensing, monitoring their migration and protecting them from poaching.
  • In Belize, Palau and Australia, drones have identified fishing vessels that were overfishing and fishing in restricted waters.
  • PETA is using virtual reality to allow people to step into the experience of the Orca whale, in its latest protest against Sea World.
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Jeremy Smithhttp://www.jmcsmith.com
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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