AI, Data Analytics Help Create ‘Smart Rainforest’ in Australia

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by | Feb 15, 2024

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In an era where technological innovation meets environmental stewardship, NTT Group has joined forces with ClimateForce, embarking on an ambitious journey to breathe new life into the Daintree Rainforest.

This partnership is set to unveil what it calls the world’s first “smart rainforest,” using artificial intelligence and data to advance sustainable and cost-effective environmental restoration models across the globe.

Advancing Forest Restoration with Technology

At the heart of this initiative lies the Smart Management Platform (SMP) technology, developed by NTT. This innovative platform is designed to rejuvenate a section of Australia’s Daintree Rainforest, previously compromised by agricultural activities and invasive plant species. The technology’s integration promises not only to regenerate the land but also to safeguard it against future ecological threats.

ClimateForce, a point of light in environmental regeneration, has taken up the mantle to restore this section of the rainforest, located adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. With NTT’s support, the project will utilize advanced AI, data analytics, and predictive analytics to evaluate and implement organic reforestation techniques.

This strategic approach aims to protect biodiversity, mitigate climate change effects, and bolster resilient local economies.

A Shared Vision for a Sustainable Future

The collaboration between NTT is a shared vision for sustainable advances and improving biodiversity.

Barney Swan, the CEO and co-founder of ClimateForce, expressed gratitude for the support from NTT and NTT DATA, emphasizing the project’s potential to accelerate their goals and develop replicable models for ecosystem regeneration worldwide.

NTT DATA’s involvement extends beyond technological support, contributing to operational and fundraising efforts. This collaboration was sparked by a previous sponsorship of an expedition advocating for sustainable practices in Antarctica, highlighting the long-standing commitment of both organizations to environmental sustainability.

By using advanced technology and fostering international cooperation with the creation of the smart rainforest in the Daintree, NTT and ClimateForce said they hope to set a precedent for global environmental restoration efforts. This project not only aims to restore an important ecosystem but also to inspire similar initiatives in other areas across the world, according to the organizers.

“NTT DATA met Barney through our sponsorship of his father’s Undaunted: South Pole 2023 expedition, which advocated for sustainable practices and long-term protections for Antarctica,” said Bob Pryor, CEO, NTT DATA Services. “We’re excited to extend this relationship and help ClimateForce with its mission in the tropics, which perfectly aligns with our own vision for realizing a sustainable future.”

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