Gaming for Nature – Is computer gaming a new frontier for conservation?

2nd April 2012

CCI funds participatory workshops that contribute to the understanding and conservation of biodiversity. The workshops, by building on CCI’s cross-disciplinary and collaborative approach, typically identify new approaches, opportunities and challenges in conservation. The Gaming for Nature two-day workshop brought together the biodiversity conservation and computer gaming communities to think critically of the benefits or threats of digital games for conservation. Since gaming today plays an important part in the lives of millions of people across the world, key questions were addressed. For example, do skills and aptitudes developed in gaming contribute to conservation and can biodiversity and conservation issues be represented in computer games in exciting and meaningful ways?

The Games for Nature website has now been launched as a result of this workshop and a short video highlighting what took place during the workshop can be viewed here. You can also read more about the project here.