Nearly 50% of the world’s forests have been lost. Increased awareness of the issues of deforestation and forest degradation have led to increased investment and new international agreements around the issue. This has given way to increased protection and forest management efforts which have brought net gains in forest area in Europe and Asia and slowed forest loss globally. The ever increasing pool of datasets and recent improvements in satellite imagery offer new opportunities to combat deforestation and drive sustainable development.
We are seeking solutions that collect new forest data and solutions and use existing forest data to combat forest degradation. Examples of data include:
Global urbanization trends are creating new challenges and opportunities for preserving our Earth’s biodiversity. By 2050 66% of the world’s population is projected to be urban, up from 30% in 1950 and 50% in 2014. While urbanization leads to biodiversity loss, many cities retain rich and diverse native biodiversity and efforts are being undertaken to promote it through local projects like urban green spaces and community gardens. As urbanization continues, there is a need to understand how cities are interacting with natural ecosystems so informed decisions can be made by city and community planners.
We are seeking solutions that will improve existing mechanisms of collecting and managing local data to inform decisions concerning environmental infrastructure planning. Examples of data includes: