Digital technology and the conservation of nature.


Type
Article
Change log
Authors
Arts, Koen 
van der Wal, René 
Adams, William M 
Abstract

Digital technology is changing nature conservation in increasingly profound ways. We describe this impact and its significance through the concept of 'digital conservation', which we found to comprise five pivotal dimensions: data on nature, data on people, data integration and analysis, communication and experience, and participatory governance. Examining digital innovation in nature conservation and addressing how its development, implementation and diffusion may be steered, we warn against hypes, techno-fix thinking, good news narratives and unverified assumptions. We identify a need for rigorous evaluation, more comprehensive consideration of social exclusion, frameworks for regulation and increased multi-sector as well as multi-discipline awareness and cooperation. Along the way, digital technology may best be reconceptualised by conservationists from something that is either good or bad, to a dual-faced force in need of guidance.

Description
Keywords
Biodiversity, Digital conservation, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Innovation, Nature conservation, The Information Age, Communication, Conservation of Natural Resources, Information Dissemination, Internet, Technology
Journal Title
Ambio
Conference Name
Journal ISSN
0044-7447
1654-7209
Volume Title
44
Publisher
Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Sponsorship
RCUK