LiveU Powers Powers Production for ‘Flight of the Osprey’ Conservation Project

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Described by organisers, Conservation Sans Frontières, as an “innovative conservation project in collaboration with UN agencies, scientists, media and governments”, LiveU is supporting the charity’s latest inspirational project to continue raising awareness. environmental issues: Flight of the Osprey.

The approximately three-month overland journey, which recently began in Findhorn, Scotland and will end in late November in Ghana, follows the migratory path of the osprey, accompanying the birds on their autumn 2022 migration across the Europe and Africa. The nine-person, 10,000km expedition using specially equipped Land Rovers will collect vital data on the threats facing this iconic bird of prey and other migratory species. As Conservation Without Borders puts it, it’s a “journey through rising seas and vast deserts, delving into the world hidden under water and battling frequent storms, the team will dramatically and tangible the catastrophic effects of a changing climate and other human impacts on our wildlife, their habitats and the people who live along the flyway.

Sacha Dench, Ambassador of the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species and Founder of Conservation Without Borders, says: “We looked at the Osprey and there were several aspects that drew us to follow these birds, at the heart of it they are so recognizable and identifiable. We love that it has come back to live in places from where he had been expelled before. It shows what we are capable of if we put our minds to it.

However, as Dench added, it also shows that there is still a long way to go, as 70% of young Ospreys do not return from migration. It is important to note that the osprey is at the top of the food chain and depends on a variety of habitats, including forests, freshwater and saltwater, and is a good indicator of the health of these environments.

LiveU provides its live video solutions, as well as media team training, to support the project, helping to communicate general messages as well as interviews and updates along the way via a variety of national media, local and social. LiveU provided a ground unit and cloud server so they could create live content and use technology to easily create and distribute downloadable content packages. This server can also be paired with broadcast partners to provide live contribution streams. A range of international roaming SIM cards have also been provided.

“The idea is that we use the osprey as an umbrella species to show the effects of climate change,” Dench adds. “We will talk to people along the route, highlighting the impact of man on the environment, the wetlands on the route being a great example of this, conducting many interviews and speaking to many media, whether they are local, national and international. We will also be creating a lot of video content for our platforms and our partners’ platforms. We want people to feel like they are with us during the expedition as we progress; we want to create visual stories that agencies like the UN can use to continue bringing the vital attention we need to these issues.

Malcolm Harland, UK Country Manager, LiveU, said: “The perilous situation in which the world finds itself when it comes to the environment is very clear. This is a global issue of paramount importance and it is essential to continue to raise awareness, using relatable stories. We are very happy to support this expedition and the narrative aspect, helping to carry these messages as far as possible. We wish good luck to everyone involved.

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