Scheduled for publication in the autumn, the report will detail how blockchain technologies could shape new ways of restoring nature. As a precursor to this report, a call to action brochure was distributed at the recent Blockchain for Social Impact Conference 2019 in New York.
At Ecosulis we believe that nature conservation could (and should) benefit hugely from the application of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.
As part of this commitment, we have teamed up with WWF Panda Labs - WWF-Australia's award-winning innovation programme - to produce a report on the potential of blockchain technlogy to bring about a step change in nature recovery and protection. This will be published in the autumn.
Blockchain can be thought of as a "keystone" technology around which new systems of nature conservation can be assembled - systems that embed new levels of trust, transparency, efficiency, participation and impact.
"The impact of nature conservation and management is often constrained by institutions that are centralised, bureaucratic, under-resourced and worn down by a sense of overwhelming crisis," says Dr. Paul Jepson, Ecosulis Nature Recovery Lead. "Working in partnership, the nature recovery agenda and blockchain will create new opportunities for people to engage with environmental and social change and reshape environmentalism."
Call to action
As a precursor to this pioneering report, Ecosulis and WWF Panda Labs have produced a four-page brochure calling for blockchain entrepreneurs and coders to join forces with conservation professionals to help restore nature for people and planet. The brochure summarises different blockhain applications, and the areas of conservation practice where these applications could be leveraged to bring about maximum impact.
The brochure was distributed at the Blockchain for Social Impact Conference 2019, which took place in New York on June 10 and 11. The conference brought together people on both sides of the blockchain for impact space - both major tech companies and those from environmental NGOs, such as The Rainforest Foundation.
"The brochure piqued the interest of major blockchain players present at the conference, including Microsoft and ConsenSys," says conservation innovator Charlie Chesney, a member of the team producing the report. "I think this demonstrates the kind of powerful collaborations that could emerge moving forwards."
Going forwards, the restoration of nature and associated enhancement of life quality will demand a change in conservation practice. At Ecosulis, we believe that the development and implementation of blockchain technology can drive this change, with the potential to unite and empower people from all strands of business, academia, the third sector and society.
Today we invite nature-minded technology and policy entrepreneurs to join us on a journey of technological innovation as we look to create a better future for people and planet.
Want to know more?
- Those interested in learning more about blockchain and nature conservation or exploring potential collaboration should e-mail NatureLab@ecosulis.co.uk
- Register your interest in receiving the forthcoming report