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Kenya among six countries picked for Huawei’s Tech4Nature project

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Huawei has picked six countries including Kenya where the Chinese tech giant plans to support flagship projects which promote innovation in Protected and Conserved Areas (PCA).

During 2024 Tech4Nature Summit held in Shenzhen, China, Huawei and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced six flagship projects to be undertaken in China, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Kenya, and Türkiye under Tech4Nature Phase 2 which runs from 2023 to 2026.

“As a technical partner of governments, customers, and environmental protection agencies, Huawei is ready to continuously to explore environment and nature protection scenarios, develop appropriate digital technologies to address environmental protection challenges, and jointly build a more equal and sustainable digital world,” said Tao Jingwen, Board Member and Chairman of the CSD Committee for Huawei.

The two firms have committed to develop cutting-edge technology solutions to support the 30×30 target and Target 4 on preventing extinction defined in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

According to Huawei, Phase 2 will also expand collaboration between technology and nature conservation sectors by involving more people, partners, and countries.

“To ensure a sustainable digital future, we will work with industry chain partners to build a harmonious and healthy business ecosystem, maximize equality and accessibility through digital inclusion, and develop secure and reliable ICT infrastructure and services to safeguard the digital world. Through scientific and technological innovation, we can achieve social development and ecological balance together,” added Jingwen.

Phase 1 which ran from 2020 to 2023 covered five PCAs in China, Mauritius, Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland.

During the period, the tech firm helped developed among others acoustic monitoring of endangered Hainan gibbon which is the world’s rarest ape, artificial intelligence (AI) pattern recognition to identify and track jaguars in Mexico and advanced systems for live viewing and monitoring of coral reef conservation and restoration projects in Mauritius.

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