United for Wildlife, with support from Google.org and ARM, launched WILDLABS.NET to close the information-sharing gap in the fight against illegal wildlife trade and other pressing issues facing our planet. WILDLABS.NET aims to connect conservationists, technologists, engineers, data scientists, entrepreneurs and thought leaders to support them to find, share and create effective technology-based solutions to protect threatened wildlife and habitats.

Published Date: 2017/03/30

Few, if any, people and places on Earth remain unaffected by the reach and ever-escalating pace of disruptive technological innovation.This is already bringing about a host of benefits – safer travel, improved medical care, greater resource efficiency, and a decrease in emissions from industrial processes, to name just a few. But technology has also rapidly accelerated the speed and efficiency with which we deplete Earth’s already dwindling natural resources. Although there is enormous potential for technologies to secure a sustainable future for the planet, they will not be applied to this task by accident.

To ensure that new waves of technological innovation have a positive effect on the environment, WILDLABS.NET brings together a community of innovators in the science, technology and entrepreneurial disciplines with practitioners from the conservation and development sectors, and those living closest to biodiversity. Together, the WILDLABS.NET community will share information, experience and ideas freely to co-create technology-enabled solutions to some of today’s greatest conservation challenges.

Our aims are to:

  • Build an open community of conservationists, technologists, scientists, engineers and change makers around the world who share a deep commitment to biodiversity conservation.
  • Utilise the creative capacity of this community to collaboratively develop technology-enabled solutions to a range of conservation challenges.
  • Enable rapid field-based implementation and iterative improvement of these solutions.
  • Provide access to the human and financial resources needed to enable solutions to be implemented at scale.

The WILDLABS Annual Report, 2016