TECHNOLOGY FOR IMPACT MONITORING
A first critical step in developing new markets for nature is the ability to measure the effectiveness of interventions. NATURAL STATE is using the latest artificial intelligence, remote sensing and cellular technology to develop a cost-effective dashboard that will enable investors, donors and auditors to monitor trends in biodiversity, carbon and human well being as well as human pressures. This robust measure of effectiveness will help catalyze nature-based solutions markets, but will also help measure the effectiveness of donor funded projects and aid companies wishing to understand their site level impact on carbon, biodiversity and communities.
NATURAL STATE Dashboard
The Dashboard is initially being developed to monitor the impact of the Lewa, Borana and Ngare Ndare Restoration, Biodiversity and Development Project. It will then be tested and refined with NATURAL STATE partner organizations across Africa as well as end users such as donors, investors and auditors. Finally, it will be made available to conservation and restoration projects across the tropics and subtropics. We are using the latest AI and remote sensing (satellites, drones, aerial scans, camera traps and acoustic sensors) to monitor trends carbon, biodiversity and benefits to communities as wells as cellular technology to survey local attitudes toward the projects. The Dashboard will be regularly updated and is easy to interpret. It will transform impact monitoring for both conservation and restoration, providing the data needed to help trigger nature-based solution markets. It will finally be possible to easily and affordably assess the success or failure of restoration and rewilding projects. The below dashboard is a demonstration of what we are developing. It is not based on actual data.