Tech4Nature Mexico, a flagship initiative using technology for nature conservation



The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Huawei selected Tech4Nature Mexico as one of the use cases with best practices in leveraging technologies for environmental conservation globally.


In the report 'Tech4Nature - Solutions in Focus', IUCN and Huawei present 22 cases in 19 countries of how technology is effectively used to conserve nature, and Mexico is one of them, showcasing the solution Harnessing the power of AI and community-centered approaches to monitor jaguars in the Yucatan Peninsula, proyecto liderado por C Minds, la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN), el Gobierno de Yucatán y Tech4All de Huawei, en colaboración con la Universidad Politécnica de Yucatán, Rainforest Connection, and the local community.



What is Tech4Nature Mexico?

Tech4Nature México is an initiative that continuously monitors biodiversity in the Dzilam de Bravo reserve in Yucatan to identify species in the region. With Huawei Cloud Artificial Intelligence platforms the collected data is analyzed to classify and identify jaguars, and other umbrella species.


With the data prov Tech4NYucatánature Mexico is an initiative that continuously monitors biodiversity in the Dzilam de Bravo reserve in Yucatan to identify species in the region. With Huawei Cloud Artificial Intelligence platforms the collected data is analyzed to classify and identify jaguars, and other umbrella species.


Image captured by the camera traps installed

In the first 3 months of monitoring, more than 19,700 images and more than 170,000 audio recordings have been collected. So far, at least 49 vertebrate species and five jaguars have been detected; two males, one female and two cubs, all this in an area of 19,140 kilometers.



The combination of the information gathered by the cameras and the eco-acoustic monitoring devices allows decision makers to better understand the conservation status of the ecosystems, the behavioral patterns of the species that inhabit this important reserve, as well as the impacts of extreme events (hurricanes and floods).


Likewise, this monitoring serves as a basis for evaluating the biological and ecological status of the area, which adds value for investors and stakeholders seeking to invest in these bonds, as well as for IUCN Green List Certification.


In addition, community participation in decision making and data management is fundamental to accelerate monitoring and conservation actions in the reserve, while ensuring inclusive and ethical strategies for the technology used.

Tech4Nature Mexico Team on field trip

The entire project is accompanied by the development of a strategy to inform the creation of evidence-based public policies for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, following a human rights-centered approach and encouraging the ethical use of advanced technologies. Finally, the project is driving university student participation and talent creation in Yucatán.


The entire Project is accompanied by the development of a strategy to inform the creation of evidence-based public policies for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, following a human rights-centered approach and encouraging the ethical use of advanced technologies. Finally, the project is driving university student participation and talent creation in Yucatan.

The Tech4Nature - Solutions in Focus report offers some compelling case studies in the use of technology for fair and effective nature conservation, from around the world and by people from all sectors of society


“There is a clear growing momentum and buy-in from the conservation community to use more technology but also to develop and create new ways it can be applied. On this basis, we are building on the positive energy and drive to inspire and help it grow a community of technology providers. Through these successful examples in this publication, we seek to spark optimism, action and hopefully replicability of some of the solutions we’re presenting.”

- James Hardcastle, Head, IUCN Protected and Conserved Areas.



About Tech4Nature

Tech4Nature is a global partnership to scale up success in nature conservation through digital technology innovation. Created by IUCN and the Huawei TECH4ALL programme, Tech4Nature is designed as an open partnership to apply and promote digital solutions for fair and effective protected and conserved áreas.


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Contacto para prensa:

Regina Cervera, Coordinadora de Proyectos, AI for Climate

regina@cminds.co

www.forclimate.ai/tech4nature