How can conservation NGOs improve practices and stay relevant in an increasingly disruptive digital landscape?
The rapid advancement of digital transformation, fuelled by the COVID-19 pandemic and the mainstreaming of technologies such as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI), presents both challenges and opportunities for conservation non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
Web 3.0 applications are opening up new avenues for fundraising and engagement, whilst providing tools which can impact the democratisation and transparency of conservation practices.
The appetite of conservationists to engage with Web 3.0 was revealed during the Gamifying Nature Conservation initiative, sparking investigations into the knowledge gap and acting as the catalyst for this project.
It was quickly identified that younger generations are utilising Web 3.0 tools and consuming digital information with ease, with growing online communities possessing the expertise and drive to bridge the divide between conservation and digital spheres.
These digital communities are not only adept in utilising cutting-edge technologies, but they also exhibit new motivations and a strong inclination towards philanthropy that have yet to be fully understood or leveraged by the conservation sector.
The "Digital Disruption and the Future of Conservation" initiative is exploring the opportunities and challenges presented by emerging digital technologies to support the ongoing relevance of conservation NGOs.
It aspires to promote cross-sectoral conversations and collaborations, whilst strengthening the conservation sector's capacity to absorb and utilise innovative concepts.
The project will adopt a systemic lens to explore how engagement with these technologies can affect inclusivity in nature conservation, with the ultimate aim of amplifying effective and equitable global conservation efforts.