With the call to increase land protection tenfold every year between now and 2030, land trusts must find new ways to identify and protect lands faster and to manage them for effectiveness. That means being even more strategic and implementing efficiencies into workflows to prioritize, engage, secure and monitor lands at top speed. We also must include communities and lands that traditionally have been left out for various systemic reasons and evolve our field to be more inclusive. Geospatial technologies help us understand where to direct resources and policies that will have the best outcomes for people and nature. Data shows us where protected lands can provide multiple benefits like health, biodiversity, equity and climate resilience.
No matter where your organization is in terms of capacity, funding or technical sophistication, you can tap into the power of data, science and technology to prioritize, secure and track protected lands. Experts from NatureServe, Center for Geospatial Solutions, the International Land Conservation Network and Upstream Tech will show you examples of how to access and use data and technology for your goals and how to tap into partnerships or networks that can support and amplify your work. We cannot meet these audacious land protection goals alone. Short presentations will be followed by an interactive panel session to discuss challenges, needs and the path forward as well as addressing participant questions.