Royal Aeronautical Society, No.4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ
Thursday 27 – Friday 28 September 2018
Iconic species such as elephants and rhinos are under threat in the wild. While it is preferable for them to be allowed to roam free, this leaves them vulnerable to poachers.
Protecting animals over very large open spaces is difficult and expensive. It requires lots of people (rangers etc), good communications and connected technology to police the area. Effective solutions do exist but are expensive. Cheaper, equally effective solutions are needed which bring together many of the same principles. This is unrealistically expensive for many of the places where animals are most endangered.
This invitation only two-day workshop will bring together the conservation community with representatives from government, enforcement agencies, industry, SMEs, academia, catapults and international partnerships to build a community around technology for tackling Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT).
It will create a common understanding around IWT challenges and identify short-term and long-term technology interventions. Appropriate collaborative mechanisms to ensure sustainability going forward will also be considered.
The first day will involve conservation experts mapping out how elephants/rhinos behave to identify where best to intervene. Day two will involve tech experts suggesting options to help protect the animals.
The outcomes from the event will inform the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, taking place in London on 11 – 12 October.