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Mobile Technology: The New Face of Conservation?

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/06/27/Peter_Kareiva_Conservation_in_the_Real_World

Peter Kareiva, chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, discusses how mobile technology and social networks can be leveraged to foster climate change awareness and inspire the next generation of conservationists. Kareiva envisions an app that would allow users to photograph, geotag and share pictures of wildlife affected by Earth’s shifting climate.

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As chief scientist of one of the most highly respected conservation organizations, The Nature Conservancy, Peter Kareiva is surprisingly radical. “Look,” he says, “we’re in nature. The deal is how to work with it and how to help it work for us. The better we are at ensuring that people get nature’s benefits, the better we’ll be at doing conservation.” Through his insistence on “evidence-based conservation,” he finds most ecosystems far less fragile than people think and none that can be protected as pristine, because pristine doesn’t exist any more. His focus is on working the human/nature interface for maximum benefit to both.

Kareiva is co-founder of the Natural Capital Project — allying with Stanford University and the World Wildlife Fund to measure the economic value of ecosystems — and co-author of the new textbook, Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature.

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