The Mirpuri Foundation participated in an official side event of the High-Level Political Forum 2022, which addressed new conservation technologies and knowledge systems to support the SDGs and post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

The side event brought together leading scientists, technology innovators and users to illustrate how technologies and systems can further advance global conservation goals and targets, examining their conservation applications to date, their future potential, and how refinements can enhance their contributions. 

The online event started with welcome remarks by Sonia Peña Moreno (Head of International Policy Centre, IUCN), followed by interventions by Denis Duclos (Director of International Relations of the National Museum of Natural History, France) and Talia Speaker (Research Lead, WildLabs.Net of the WWF).

The main panel was moderated by Neville Ash (Director, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre) and joined distinguished speakers from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation X Labs, Dendra Systems, and IUCN.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are being used in the field to analyze information collected by wildlife conservationists, from camera trap, drone and satellite images to audio recordings. AI can learn how to identify which photos out of thousands contain rare species and pinpoint an animal call out of hours of field.

The High-Level Political Forum reviewed SDGs 14 and 15 at its July 2022 session. Progress towards achieving both has been uneven and, in many aspects, less than encouraging. Yet, living in harmony with nature is a central objective of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.