CLSO – Animal tracking

According to a recent study, the sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating with more than 500 species of land animals currently on the brink of extinction and likely to be lost within 20 years. Unlike previous extinction events caused by natural phenomena, the 6th mass extinction is driven by human activity and is one of the most serious environmental threats.

Since its creation nearly 40 years ago, CLS has, and continues to, develop innovative space solutions to monitor and protect both biodiversity and the environment and provide stakeholders with the necessary tools to sustainably manage the planet’s resources and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Humanity relies on biodiversity for its health and wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic is just one example of how the loss of animal habitats through unsustainable use of land, water and energy use, pollution and climate change affects the global population.

Since its creation, CLS has been working with scientists, land managers, governments and NGOs to develop solutions using space technology to help address some of the causes of this mass extinction.

Biodiversity: Better knowledge to provide better protection

In order to protect a species, we need to understand it. Often referred to as the first space IoT dedicated to the environment, the Argos system has helped revolutionize our knowledge in terms of animal migrations and animal behavior. Since its launch in the 80’s, over 200,000 animals have been tracked with Argos using special beacons and providing strategic information used to implement effective conservation methods.

Protecting biodiversity is one of CLS’ core values which is why, in 2018, CLS’ subsidiary Kinéis was created to revolutionize the Argos system. In less than a year, Kinéis will be launching a unique constellation capable of tracking hundreds of thousands of animals each month in near real-time so the scientific community can gain more understanding and thus better protect wildlife.

whaleSpecies protection: managing their environments

Part of protecting a species means protecting its environment. Experts at CLS have been using Earth Observation data, Geographic Information Systems and Argos data to conserve ecosystems, sustainably manage land and water resources, fight pollution and mitigate certain impacts of climate change.

Marine Protected Areas

CLS has been lending its expertise in wildlife monitoring for over 30 years providing in-depth knowledge on the behavior, presence, interactions, migration corridors and species dispersion as well as a variety of services applicable to each step taken when implementing an MPA ranging from habitat modelling to sound analysis.

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