The Catapult Collaborative is thrilled to bring you our “Meet an Expert” webinar series, which will launch this summer. These educational opportunities connect Catapult Collaborative members with Conservation International’s robust team of scientists and technical experts who are on the front lines of the environmental movement.
For one hour, members will do a deep dive into a specific initiative and participate in a meaningful dialogue with other members and specialists — all from the comfort of the virtual classroom.
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Wildlife Insights: Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to monitor biodiversity
Wildlife is a critical component of ecosystem health, providing services that we depend on for food, recreation and climate stability. In order to safeguard wildlife, we need to know where wildlife populations are and how they’re faring. Last year, Conservation International launched Wildlife Insights, a comprehensive wildlife monitoring platform that overcomes these barriers by providing artificial intelligence to instantly identify species in images, automated analytical tools and a centralized cloud-based database. By making wildlife data easily accessible to users at multiple scales — from a local to an organizational to a national perspective — Wildlife Insights allows decision-makers to make more informed decisions on how and where to protect species before they go extinct. In this presentation, Dr. Jorge Ahumada, CI’s Senior Wildlife Conservation Scientist and Executive Director of Wildlife Insights, will provide an exclusive first look at the new Wildlife Insights platform and will lead a live demonstration to show how anyone can use Wildlife Insights tools to manage data, explore millions of camera trap images from around the world, search for species and discover wildlife trends.
Green-Gray Infrastructure: Blending nature with technical engineering to double our impact
Conservation International is working to catalyze investment in green-gray infrastructure as a climate adaptation solution that reduces disaster risk and is more cost effective than gray-only infrastructure while providing numerous ecosystem and social benefits. Green-gray infrastructure combines conservation and/or restoration of ecosystems with the selective use of conventional engineering approaches to provide people with solutions that deliver climate change resilience and adaptation benefits. By blending “green” conservation with “gray” engineering techniques, communities can incorporate the benefits of both solutions while, though a hybrid approach, minimizing the limitations of using either green or gray infrastructure individually. The green-gray infrastructure design approach can apply in coastal, freshwater and terrestrial settings. Emily Corwin, CI’s Green-Gray Infrastructure Fellow, will demonstrate the impact of green-grey methodology by examining CI’s current effort in partnership with Bechtel to restore mangroves and install breakwaters in the Philippines, ensuring the environment and nearby communities become more adaptable and resilient than if either technique had been applied alone.
Blue Production: Enhancing food security and sustainable livelihoods from ocean to plate
As the world’s population rises and global demand for seafood rises with it, we have to bridge the gap between the amount of fish in our oceans and the demand for fish. Conservation International believes it can have global impact on fisheries: First, by transforming the management and business models for the largest fisheries in the world — such as Pacific Tuna; and second, by implementing effective models for coastal community fisheries that can be replicated around the world. In this session, Dr. Jack Kittinger, Senior Director of CI’s Blue Production Strategy, will take a deep dive into our methodology and how we are working with both companies and local communities to protect biodiversity, improve the well-being of ocean-dependent communities and implement sustainable fisheries solutions built on partnerships and investments — from ocean to plate.