The Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a Kenya-based organisation that provides a sanctuary for some of the region’s most endangered species, has partnered with several stakeholders to research, test support and develop new technology-based solutions to conservation-challenges around the world.
To this effect, the Conservancy has joined hands with Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Liquid Telecom and Arm, supported with initial funds from The Royal Foundation, Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya has opened a Conservation Tech Lab
The Technology lab aims to be a world-leading collaborative hub for the testing, support and development of technologies.
The facility is expected to help accelerate learning and embrace accessible, scalable conservation solutions. These solutions will improve biodiversity conservation and human well-being, locally and globally.
Start-up funding and additional technical assistance for the Conservation Technology Lab has been provided by The Royal Foundation, global technology leader Arm, and FFI. The work of the Lab is also being supported by the global conservation technology community through WILDLABS.NET.
The Ol Pejeta Conservation Tech Lab will deliver technological solutions and services that support biodiversity conservation and community welfare and it is hoped will serve as a model for global conservation efforts.
Another objective is to provide an international field laboratory for the development and testing of conservation-relevant technological solutions. Finally, it will enable collaboration, learning and knowledge exchange in order to stimulate innovation and scale impact.
The Conservation Tech Lab is already helping Ol Pejeta in the advancement of remote sensing using the Internet of Things, monitoring cattle movements using Sigfox, a Low Power Wide Area Network technology provided by Liquid Telecom.
This technology will soon be adapted to rhino tracking on Ol Pejeta, which will make a significant difference to their security and data collection.
Liquid Telecom have also deployed and donated a high speed internet link to the conservation lab, enabling researchers at the lab to access the cloud for real time viewing of animal movements and use high performance computing power to analyze animal behavior.
“This is a critical and exciting time for conservation globally and we have only begun to scratch the surface of what is possible when it comes to applying technology to wildlife protection,” said Joanna Elliott, Senior Director of Conservation Partnerships at Fauna & Flora International.
“As the world’s first technology hub dedicated to wildlife conservation, The Ol Pejeta Conservation Technology Lab will play a central role in building technology-enabled responses that can keep pace with the growing threats to global biodiversity,” she added.
“Technology has the potential to truly transform wildlife conservation across the world as well as Africa, providing a much safer and brighter future for endangered species,” Ben Roberts, Group CTIO at Liquid Telecom.
The Ol Pejeta Conservation Tech Lab will be a centre of excellence that will demonstrate this potential to the world, showcasing affordable and sophisticated solutions that can have a meaningful and sustained impact on the region’s conservation efforts,” he said.