Social movements to protect and improve the health of natural systems are an increasingly global phenomenon. However, efforts on-the-ground remain under-supported, with limited capacity for (reproducible) planning, implementation and monitoring.
After careful research and engagement with environmental project developers, our team identified a central factor causing low capacity and bankability of restoration projects in the low alignment between communities and accessible technical support.
With a lack of solutions matching unique needs and opportunities of the environmental sector, there is a tendency to rely on general 'freeware' or proprietary tools with low interoperability or alignment.
Lack of a specialized layer restricts project innovation, wastes time and resources, and distracts from priorities. It limits capacity of projects to efficiently manage and scale-up critical environmental initiatives.
This division is mandated to find, test, integrate, deploy and maintain high-quality technology solutions, and ensure their long-term availability.
As developers and maintainers of the open.landscape.network - a system used by environmental projects to organize and scale-up collective action - our responsibilities are to identify requirements, manage development efforts, support users, and plan innovation roadmaps.
We also interact with external contributors and providers developing components that are being considered for integration into the OLN 'core'.
The 'open source' hardware community enables reproducible scientific research, as well as potential business opportunities informed by transparent monitoring of environmental health.
However, such tools create dependency on supply chains, require system maintenance, as well as other considerations. To navigate this we aim to provide supporting infrastructure, as well as perform independent technical assessments, integration tests, and trial deployments.