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Can drones, data and digital technology provide answers to nature conservation challenges?

Can drones, data and digital technology provide answers to nature conservation challenges?

Projects using drones (or UAVs) to map, monitor and track endangered species and fragile environments are increasing around the globe. OII Academic Visitor Lisa Sargood explores their role as a nature conservation tool, alongside related digital technologies and capabilities, looking at the risks, opportunities and controversies their deployment can bring, in a post written to accompany the BBC Radio 4 Shared Planet programme, Orangutans and Drones, which explores the potential and pitfalls of drones to help humans share the planet with orangutans. The show is available online until December 2015.