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– Tech4Nature partners announce a project to study the impact of tourism on biodiversity in Spain

Huawei and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have launched a pioneering project to guide biodiversity conservation by focusing on Bonelli’s eagle in the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac Natural Park.

BARCELONA, Spain, Jan. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have selected the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac Natural Park in Barcelona province for a new Tech4Nature project to study the impact of tourism on the park’s ecosystem, especially on Bonelli’s eagle.

The park has experienced a clear increase in visitors since the pandemic, reflecting a growing trend of leisure and tourism in peri-urban natural and protected areas. As a result, park managers have observed changes in the behavior patterns of Bonelli’s eagle, which nests in the park and is listed as vulnerable in the Spanish Red Book of Birds.

The project, which is scheduled to launch in February 2023, calls for Huawei and its partners to develop and deploy a technology solution consisting of cameras, GPS receivers, and a cloud platform that will serve as computing and storage infrastructure. The solution, which will form an alert detection system, will observe and control the eagle’s mobility and determine the factors that disturb its reproductive success (human disturbances in breeding areas have already been identified as one of the main threats to the eagle ).

The data collected will be sent to the cloud platform for analysis using AI, which will help guide conservation decisions, help park managers respond quickly and effectively to potential environmental risks, and educate the public on conservation matter.

“The project will help us to have more information to manage and regulate public use,” declared Ángel Miño, director of the Natural Park under the Barcelona Provincial Council. “It will also bring the conservation of biodiversity closer to the general public, since videos and other dissemination materials have been planned. In collaboration with Huawei and the IUCN, the project allows us to take a qualitative leap by incorporating new technologies to the monitoring and conservation of the species.”

To enhance the results of research and the protection of biodiversity, Miño stressed that the expansion of public-private partnerships to include universities and the business world is a key facet of the park’s management strategy and essential for its success. , a point of view shared by other project partners.

“Collaboration between public institutions and the private sector is increasingly necessary to determine success in the face of complex environmental challenges,” said Antonio Troya, Director of the IUCN Center for Mediterranean Cooperation. “We have the opportunity to take advantage of technological innovations and incorporate them into conservation measures for our ecosystems. This project exemplifies how cooperation and integration are the way forward to stop the loss of biodiversity.”

Within the framework of the IUCN-Huawei Tech4Nature association, in line with the IUCN Green List and Huawei’s TECH4ALL initiative, the park managers -the Barcelona Provincial Council- will launch the project in the park in early 2023 The technical solution will be developed by Huawei in collaboration with the University of Girona during 2023 and 2024.

The Tech4Nature partnership, which aims to develop technology-based conservation solutions for 300 protected areas over three years and measure project effectiveness against the IUCN Green List, combines IUCN’s expertise in conservation of Huawei’s nature and expertise in developing cutting-edge digital technologies.

“This project is the first of these characteristics that we are launching in Spain, after dozens of successful experiences in the development of solutions to protect different species and natural spaces in countries around the world using advanced technologies such as the cloud, AI and connectivity”, said Eric Li, CEO of Huawei Spain. “The role of the technology industry to face this challenge is key, but only through collaboration with strategic and committed partners can the objectives be truly achieved.”

In addition to ensuring that the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac Natural Park can balance the protection of biodiversity with enjoyment for all, it is hoped that this model can be perfected and replicated in other protected areas in Spain.

About Huawei TECH4ALL

TECH4ALL is Huawei’s long-term digital inclusion initiative that aims to leave no one behind in the digital world. It focuses on four areas: enabling equity and quality of education, conserving nature with technology, enabling inclusive healthcare and development.

For more information, please visit the website https://www.huawei.com/en/tech4all

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