ODF Sweden Webinar Series – Using AI to accelerate wildlife conservation

On Feb. 1, 2022, Dr. Victor Anton, founder of the New Zealand-based nonprofit organisation Wildlife.ai, gave a presentation on how the not-for-profit uses data science for wildlife conservation and environmental education, with a special focus on the marine environment.

While Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionising multiple aspects of our lives, there is limited uptake of AI in supporting ecological well-being and protecting the nearly 1 million species currently threatened with extinction. In Dr. Anton’s experience, this can be attributed to three main reasons: AI usually fails to make the priority list in the community-led bottom-up projects; the overall limited knowledge of what AI is and what it can do; and the lack of resources to to use this technology. Wildlife.ai was born out of the need to bridge this gap between computer sciences and wildlife conservation worldwide, and aims to achieve six of the Sustainable Development Goals where community-based projects provide opportunities for people to understand artificial intelligence, and where innovative uses of AI facilitate a better understanding of the impacts of climate change and below and above water. 

Watch the webinar at our YouTube Channel.

You can get involved and support their work by contributing ideas, identifying species, donating or becoming a “ranger” at https://www.wildlife.ai/