Birds-eye view: Huawei’s role in supporting global biodiversity

The Oriental stork is an example. This species is a national level protected animal in China and is also classified as endangered in the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Storks nest in power towers due to the lack of tall trees in the region, posing a safety hazard to the birds as well as potential power outages for local residents.


China’s artificial nests aim to save the Oriental white stork from extinction

China’s artificial nests aim to save the Oriental white stork from extinction

As a solution to both problems, the staff of the nature reserve built many artificial nests that help the birds avoid the risk of electrocution during their migration.

In 2022, Huawei launched a pilot program in the area as part of the Tech4All digital inclusion initiative. Using 5G, cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, the program aims to improve biodiversity research and monitoring in a fragile ecosystem. Since its inception, the AI ​​component of the pilot program has been trained to recognize more than 47 different species of birds, providing data on their migration patterns and other activities.

The introduction of digital technology allows researchers and conservationists to work from the comfort of their offices as they study the Oriental storks that inhabit the vast Yellow River Delta. Photo: Qin Jinwu

For biodiversity researchers working in the nature reserve, this technological integration has greatly improved. Before the implementation of 5G, cloud computing and AI technologies, researchers had to physically visit the wetlands to observe the behavior of birds. Now, they can observe wildlife in real time from the comfort of their offices.

The use of science and technology not only reduces the impact of human activities on the natural environment, but also opens up many possibilities for the conservation of biodiversity. Watching without disturbing, watching without interfering is the greatest respect people can show to nature, said Shan Kai, senior engineer of the Ecological Monitoring Center for the Shandong Yellow River Delta National Nature Reserve Management Committee.

As the AI-powered platform expands its training to identify a wider range of species, its accuracy continues to increase, with accuracy rates exceeding 90 percent for well-known species and large birds. which the AI ​​system knows to recognize.

The United Nations annual COP climate summits are trying to stop global warming and protect the world’s biodiversity. Photo: Shutterstock

The tech company’s commitment to promoting biodiversity echoes the theme of the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, or Cop28. The annual summit held this year in Dubai from November 30 to December 12 is considered one of the most important of its kind, hosting discussions on biodiversity, climate change, renewable energy solutions and other related topics.

Elizabeth Gray, CEO of the National Audubon Society, said ahead of Cop28: This year’s conference will play an important role in coordinating climate policy that affects us at every level. We must fight for outcomes that ensure that birds and our own communities thrive. The society is a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats.

Around the world, photography and cinematography play a major role in spreading the message of conservation.

Climate change and biodiversity are inseparable, and an integrated approach is needed to protect the planet’s wildlife, especially when it comes to endangered species such as the red-crowned crane. Photo: Huang Gaochao

In Europe, former French meteorologist and active conservationist Christian Moullec also used technology to record his journey to help wildlife. In 1995, he noticed that small white-fronted geese followed a migratory path from Germany to Sweden that became more dangerous due to human activity. That sent him on a lifelong mission to create a safer migration route for geese.

His process begins with raising birds from eggs and teaching them important life skills. When the birds reach adulthood, Moullec takes to the skies in his ultralight aircraft to guide them along a new migration route, which will eventually take them from France to their new home. home to Lapland.

Moullec not only established safer migration routes, but he also raised awareness about the importance of habitat conservation by sharing photos and videos of his travels with his followers. His pictures showing birds flying or wading through lakes while probing the mud in search of food highlight the beauty and importance of bird migration.

In the last 30 years, a third of Europe’s bird species have disappeared due to human activities, Moullec said. I sincerely hope that more people will protect these creatures. If you fly with them and see the world from above, you will know how important nature is to us.

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