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November 2019  I  Colloque  I  Cesab  I  État et tendance

[FRB-CESAB] Challenges and opportunities in large-scale conservation

[FRB-CESAB] Challenges and opportunities in large-scale conservation © Tom Letessier

 

The working group Pelagic from the Centre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) will hold a symposium in Montpellier on Friday the 29th of November 2019. During this symposium a groups of international researchers will present the new challenges associated with monitoring both wildlife and human activities in Protected Area using up to date technologies. 

 

 

Organizing Committee:
  • David MOUILLOT (University of Montpellier, FR)
  • Tom LETESSIER (Zoological Society of London, UK)
 

Speakers:

  • Jessica MEEUWIG (University of Western Australia, AU)
  • Tom LETESSIER (Zoological Society of London, UK)
  • Marc CHAUMONT (University of Nîmes, LIRMM, FR)
  • Ana NUNO (University of Exeter, UK)
  • Rachel JONES (Zoological Society of London, UK)
Useful information

29th November 2019

10:30 – 13:30

 

Botanical Institute

163 rue Auguste Broussonnet

34000 Montpellier

 

Contact :

cesab@fondationbiodiversite.fr

Program
10:30 – 10:35 Introduction 
Nicolas Mouquet (CESAB scientific director)
 
10:35 – 11:10 Empowered small scale fishers? Behavioural insights for improved fisheries management
Ana NUNO (University of Exeter, UK)
 
11:10 – 11:45 Status of oceanic wildlife documented by mid-water BRUVS – what all can we explore?
Jessica MEEUWIG (University of Western Australia, AU)
 
11:45 – 12:20 Technology and surveillance of marine protected areas
Tom LETESSIER (Zoological Society of London, UK)
 
12:20 – 12:55 In the middle of nowhere: Delivering a science programme in a remote part of the Indian Ocean
Rachel JONES (Zoological Society of London, UK)
 
12:55 – 13:30 Deep-Learning for the observation of marine/terrestrial life. A case study: the localization and identification of fish species
Marc CHAUMONT (LIRMM Montpellier, FR)
 
 
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) reach to the same conclusions in their most recent reports: more than one million of species are threatened and humans trigger a sixth extinction crisis. Momentum to protect terrestrial and marine ecosystems is greater than it has ever been. As 2020 approaches, countries are accelerating their commitments to protect 17% of their land and 10% of their sea by establishing more and larger Protected Areas (PAs). The goal to protect 30% of land and sea surface by 2030 will likely accelerate this race towards large-scale conservation efforts. 
 
 Yet, the effectiveness of such giant PAs requires deep improvements in biodiversity monitoring and enforcement capability. In this context, remote sensors (images, videos, sounds) are rapidly transforming the monitoring of biodiversity in its widest sense from species detection to individual behavior but also the survey of human activities be they legal (tourism) or illegal (poaching). In the last decade, large networks of remote sensors have been deployed on land and sea, billions of smartphones have generated a continuous flow of images from most ecosystems on earth while drones and satellites have provided high resolution images at unprecedented rates. 
 
 To unclog the bottleneck of information extraction from these big data, machine learning algorithms and particularly the last generation of deep learning algorithms (DLAs) offer immense promises but also pose challenges. During this symposium we will present the most up-to-date camera, drone and satellite technologies able to monitor both wildlife and human activities inexpensively and unobtrusively in PAs. We will also show how these technologies have the potential to revolutionize the assessment of wild population demography and connectivity within and between PAs.