In India alone, an average of 400 people and 100 elephants are killed every year as a result of human-wildlife conflict. In the past four years, 101 people have also lost their live to tigers in India. In the Arctic, hundreds of 'conflict polar bears' have been killed over the last two decades. These species are all listed as vulnerable or endangered on the IUCN Red List.
We need better solutions - and we need your help!
If you're an engineer, designer, innovative thinker or maker, WWF and WILDLABS challenge you to create a new or improved tool to prevent conflict between humans and wildlife.
We're looking for tools that focus on an innovative early detection system for one of the two following contexts:
- Asian Elephants in the North Bank, Assam, India
Polar Bears in Greenland, Alaska, Svalbard, Canada or Russia; and/or,
Tigers in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand or Myanmar.
The two winning solutions (one for each context) will receive a prize of up to 30,000 EUR each. With this prize, you will refine your solution and field test it with the support of WWF's landscape teams.
To participate, complete the HWC Tech Challenge Application Form and submit it to the HWCtechchallenge@wwf.nl.
The deadline for submissions is 16:00 GMT, September 12th 2017.
Ready to develop your idea?
We' ve set up this HWC Tech Challenge group as a space for challenge participants to connect directly with the field conservationists who work at the frontlines of human-wildlife conflict. This thread is a place to ask any general questions that come up during your design process, call for collaborators, or to find out more about human wildlife conflict.