Intact natural habitat is critical for our survival along with the 10 million species with which we share the planet. Yet we have now degraded 75% of the world’s natural ecosystems and are losing an area of forest the size of Greece each year. To avoid the greatest climate and extinction crisis in human history, we must halt habitat destruction and rapidly accelerate protection, restoration and rewilding efforts globally.
In addition to catalyzing large-scale restoration projects, we aim to help make them sustainable. We are developing cutting-edge carbon, biodiversity and development impact monitoring technology, using the latest Artificial Intelligence, remote sensing and cellular technology. We are combining this with improved carbon credit verification and certification processes to help trigger nature-based markets. We believe this will unlock billions of dollars of private sector capital and soon be the largest source of funding for large-scale protection and restoration.
Despite the many commitments from governments and the private sector, with the exception of a few impressive efforts, there is little large-scale restoration and rewilding happening on the ground, particularly in the parts of the world where it is needed most.
NATURAL STATE works with conservation leaders and local communities to help build restoration/rewilding capacity, infrastructure and implement impact monitoring technology in landscapes where there is the greatest potential to restore carbon and biodiversity while improving livelihoods. We are developing and improving a large-scale restoration blueprint that can be easily replicated across landscape.
In addition to catalyzing large-scale restoration projects we aim to help make them sustainable. We are developing cutting-edge carbon, biodiversity and development impact monitoring technology, using the latest Artificial Intelligence and satellite data. We are combining this with improved carbon credit verification and certification processes to help trigger nature-based markets. We believe this will unlock billions of dollars of private sector capital and soon be the largest source of funding for large-scale protection and restoration.
NATURAL STATE works with local communities, industry, government and conservation leaders to help protect, restore and rewild large landscapes. We do this by helping build local capacity and infrastructure, leveraging technology and implementing innovative financing mechanisms. Our aim is to make large-scale protection and rewilding sustainable over the long-term. We focus on areas where there is the greatest potential to restore threatened habitat, rewild species, sequester carbon and improve livelihoods.
Investment in nature-based solutions has the potential to be the single largest funding source for large-scale restoration and rewilding. However, the success or failure of projects needs to be much more transparent if the sector is to attract significant investment. We are therefore revolutionizing carbon, biodiversity and development impact monitoring using the latest AI, cellular technology and remote sensing. We are combining this with improved verification and certification processes to make nature-based solutions investments a reality, unlocking billions of dollars of private sector capital.
NATURAL STATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Art is a Builder/Operator with over 20 years working as a senior executive for Fortune 500 companies and startups building AI, data and infrastructure products. From 2017 - 2020, he led Vulcan's philanthropic operations and Tech4Good products focused on climate change, coral conservation, illegal fishing, and protected area monitoring. He's currently a Senior Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute and advising early stage startups.
Beatrice is a strategic communications specialist with over 25 years’ experience as a development communications professional covering the African continent. She has worked as a journalist with BBC and Reuters and for several international NGOs. She has also consulted for Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Kofi Annan Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stop Ivory, Northern Rangelands Trust and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. In 2017, Beatrice was appointed as an honorary warden (3-year term) for Kenya Wildlife Service and in 2021, she completed a two-year term as founding Chair and investor of Uvumbuzi Trust. Beatrice is a Board representative of S.A.F.E Kenya, Mara Elephant Project (Chair) and Kenya Wildlife Trust, and serves as a panel judge and on the Board of Trustees for the Tusk Trust Conservation Awards for Africa.
Corey Hajim has spent her career both working in and writing about business. As TED's business curator, Hajim seeks ideas from industry leaders, entrepreneurs, economists and teachers of the trade, ultimately helping speakers shape and share their ideas with the TED audience. Prior to TED, Hajim spent a decade in finance, most recently as a portfolio manager and analyst at a hedge fund based in New York, focused on consumer, media and technology equities. Hajim also spent three years as a reporter at Fortune Magazine and her early career working in marketing and project management. She earned her MBA at Harvard Business School, where she co-authored case studies with two professors and ran the weekly newspaper, The Harbus.
Jonathan Baillie is President and Chair of the Board for NATURAL STATE. Baillie was previously Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist at the National Geographic Society where he oversaw grants, impact initiatives, National Geographic Labs, explorer programs, and the international team, initiating several ground-breaking collaborations across regions and sectors to conserve and monitor the natural world. Before National Geographic Society he was Director of Conservation Programmes at the Zoological Society of London where he built and oversaw a portfolio of conservation projects in over 50 countries. He holds a Ph.D. in biology from Silwood Park, Imperial College London. Baillie has been a visiting professor at the University of Oxford since 2009.
Tom Lalampaa is a leading African conservationist and, since 2018, the CEO of Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT). His work majors on helping rural communities to strengthen their governance structures as well as their wildlife conservation, economic development, and peace-building efforts. Tom serves as the Founding Chairperson of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA), the Vice Chair of the Wildlife Security Taskforce, the Vice Chair of the Grevy’s Zebra Trust Board, and as a board member of both the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Board of Trustees and The Nature Conservancy. He is the recipient of the Stanford University Law School’s Bright Award for Environment Sustainability and in September 2013, he was awarded the Tusk Conservation Award by the Duke of Cambridge. Tom is currently pursuing his PhD, and holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi.