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The power of ecoacoustics and AI to monitor biodiversity

The endangered black lion tamarin, endemic to the Brazilian state of São Paulo. © IPÊ
The biodiversity crisis is underway, with significant species extinctions. The recently adopted Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) sets forth ambitious targets to fight back.

A new white paper underscores the pivotal role played by Rainforest Connection, Arbimon and partners including WeForest as an important stride towards attaining these targets.

Since 2021, our project with IPÊ in Pontal, Brazil, has been using Rainforest Connection (RFCx) and Arbimon’s innovative acoustic monitoring technology to monitor the recovery of biodiversity in the Atlantic Forest. Are animals using our restored wildlife corridors, and if so, which species? And how does the faunal biodiversity in our wildlife corridors compare to other land cover types in the wider landscape?

Devices deployed across our restoration areas and in nearby old-growth forest remnants and non-forested areas to record detailed soundscapes have so far yielded sound samples of 178 species: birds, frogs, mammals and insects. Analysis is indicating that even our early-stage restoration sites are providing habitats to many species associated with protected forests.

Visit the RFCx Insights platform to listen.

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