Category SDG14 Life Below Water

How ‘computational sustainability’ uses AI to protect the planet: 3 use cases

Artificial Intelligence (AI) does more than make our technology smarter, it also protects the planet. Consider the work of researchers in the field of ‘Computational Sustainability‘ – a field of AI research making us better stewards of life on Earth. Despite being a relatively new research field, Computational Sustainability has already helped fight wildlife poaching, […]

How ICTs can fast forward progress on the SDGs

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) now form the backbone of today’s digital economy. They also have enormous potential to fast forward progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improve people’s lives in fundamental ways. Building the next generation of ICT infrastructure will power the evolution of smart, sustainable cities and communities worldwide. […]

World Wildlife Day: 5 ways ICTs are helping to protect wildlife

As more species face the risk of becoming endangered, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are being used to protect animals in new and innovative ways, from tracking poachers, to monitoring populations, to raising public awareness  – and more. This year’s theme for World Wildlife Day,“Listen to the Young Voices,” is ever pertinent as nearly one quarter of […]

How machine learning can help protect life below water

Our oceans are vast. They cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface and the sheer size of the oceans makes tracking and measuring life under water an enormous task. New advances in satellite observation, open data and machine learning now allow us to process the massive amounts of data being produced. And they could not have come at […]

Tracking illegal wildlife trade with #BigData

To mark World Environment Day 2016 on 5 June, ITU explores the role of Big Data in preventing the illegal wildlife trade. Great apes have disappeared from Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo; a subspecies of Javan rhino went extinct in Vietnam in 2011 and the last western black rhinos have vanished from Cameroon; and […]