IUCN NL and Rainforest connection nominated for The Spindle Public Award
The project that IUCN NL started last year in cooperation with Topher White from Rainforest Connection, was nominated for the Public Award for Best Innovation from the Spindle (an initiative of Partos). Rainforest Connection installed old cell phones to protect a forest in the Peruvian Amazon. You can vote for this innovation until the 30th of September.
The installation was placed in the Tambopata nature reserve last January. The area is threatened by illegal logging and gold mining. Liliana Jauregui of IUCN NL was present when the system was installed and knows all too well how important the innovation is for environmental defenders and (indigenous) residents: “They often risk their lives to fight illegal logging, so a technology that allows them to act safer and more efficient is indispensable.” The project, that is supported by the Dutch Postcode Lottery, was covered by several news media, such as EenVandaag where Jauregui was interviewed about the innovation.
The effectiveness of the cell phones became clear when local rangers received a notification only weeks after the installation. They hurried to the crime scene, where they were able to arrest two illegal loggers. The criminals are still incarcerated.
Each year, innovation platform The Spindle rewards the best innovative concepts that contribute to an inclusive, sustainable world with a Jury- and Public Award for Best Innovation. On The Spindle’s website, votes for IUCN NL and Rainforest Connection’s project can be cast. The winner will receive a fundraising clinic, as well as a fully supported crowdfunding campaign.