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WWF-Canada’s Masterclass: When carbon tech met Indigenous-led conservation – WWF.CA

August 11, 2023

WWF-Canada launched our Nature x Carbon Tech Challenge in 2021, calling on academics, entrepreneurs and inventors to pitch their most cost-effective, innovative and user-friendly technologies to measure carbon in nature. Why? So, we can better track the effectiveness of conservation actions to ensure maximum impact.

After a round of field testing, three finalists were awarded $100,000 each during a May 31 event at Ottawa’s Canadian Museum of Nature. The winners — Korotu Technology from Toronto, ON; Innovatree Carbon Group Ltd. from Kamloops, B.C.; and Digital Forest Lab from Laval University in Quebec City — will now be implementing their unique technologies in the field with community partners.

The following month, Korotu founder and CEO Sean Rudd joined one of those community partners, Secwépemcul’ecw Restoration and Stewardship Society CEO, Angela Kane, as well as WWF-Canada conservation scientist Jessica Currie at the Collision tech conference in Toronto.

They were there to participate in a Masterclass — moderated by WWF-Canada president and CEO, Megan Leslie — on how Indigenous-led conservation and cutting-edge technology are changing our approach to restoration and tree planting so that it reflects Indigenous values, creates resilient ecosystems and helps fight climate change.

Here’s an excerpt of their conversation:

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