Special session

Technology for Humanity and Restoration of Biodiversity

Invited Panelists (Both Online & Onsite Modalities):

Special Session Chair Dr. F Mekuria, Malmö University / CSIR.

  • Dr. Suzan Gardner, Director, UNEP, Geneva Switzerland.

  • Dr. J. Mwangama, University of Cape Town, South Africa

  • Professor W. Dargie, Tu-Dresden, Germany.

  • Dr. D. Modungwa, CSIR, South Africa.

  • Prof. T. Tegene, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.



Human beings have been involved in using technological advancements to improve living standards of society, and in the process destroyed the very fabric of biodiversity of nature resulting in an unprecedented climate change and global warming threatening the livelihood of millions of communities. The question that will be raised in this special session is, can humanity use recent emerging technological advancements to reverse the dire biodiversity effects of unbridled industrialization, in such a way that it helps us solve the current challenges of biodiversity restoration and fight global warming while at the same time promote biodiversity aware industrialization. The special session to be organized during ICT4DA-2022 conference will address the interconnectedness of emerging science & technology tools for bio-diversity restoration, giving a special focus to addressing the challenges and dangers faced by fresh water lakes in Africa. Special attention will be given to the rescue efforts of Lake Tana in Ethiopia and Lake Victoria in Tanzania, both of which are crucial to the livelihood of millions of communities across Africa. The special session is also being organized to provide an opportunity to discuss the roles of emerging technology research institutes, and industry can play to contribute to the UN declared decade (2021-2030) of natural ecosystem restoration. According to the United Nations environmental agency, there has never been a more urgent need to restore damaged ecosystems than now. Questions such as how can we harness young people’s anxiety for the climate with challenge driven research & education, followed by innovative solutions development using emerging science and technologies, providing us a possible scenario & tools to preserve a habitable, flourishing and biodiverse world for the next generation will be addressed. Join us at ICT4DA-2022, in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia to discuss this and other innovative technology solutions, for biodiversity restoration.


Tentative Program (2.5 Hours)

  1. Keynote by Dr Susan Gardner, United Nations Environmental Protection, UNEP.

  2. Paper Presentation on a Concept of Emerging Technology (IoT, Robotics/UAV & 5G-URLLC) use cases for developing innovative and biodiversity protection solutions, and data collection to rescue Lake Tana from the dangers caused by Hyacinth weed.

  3. Panel Discussion on Emerging Science & Technology tools for biodiversity protection.

  • Sustainable ICT Technologies and role of emerging digital technologies to enable energy efficiency, low carbon agriculture & manufacturing, biodiversity protection and ecofriendly lifestyles

A lasting legacy we can leave for future generations is a birth right to enjoy the natural environment, the oceans, the fresh water lakes, the flora & fauna and biodiversity that we take for granted today. (Photo: iStock),