Importance of Technology in Nature Restoration

Importance of Technology in Nature Restoration

Rebekah Braswell

CEO: Land Life

We need to restore 2 billion hectares of degraded land worldwide. Join Rebekah Braswell as she explores the tangible solutions being developed to restore nature.

We need to restore 2 billion hectares of degraded land worldwide. Join Rebekah Braswell as she explores the tangible solutions being developed to restore nature.

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Importance of Technology in Nature Restoration

15 mins 35 secs

Overview

Nature has three critical impacts: it combats climate change, fosters biodiversity and supports local communities. There are two solutions to restoring nature: smart utilisation of technology (to see whether nature restoration is possible) and communication with investors (to show the benefits of restoration and acquire more funding). Land Life has managed to restore thousands of hectares of land in Australia by using a partner to buy land, determining how much land should be left agricultural and how much should be restored and liaising with local aboriginal communities.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand why we need nature restoration

  • Outline methods to rebuild nature

  • Understand how land has been restored in Australia

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Summary
Why do we need nature restoration? 
Restoring nature is one of the most obvious ways to combat climate change. A tree not only sequesters CO2 emissions, but it also cleans our air, water, provides habitats and builds rich soil. One-fifth of all species may face extinction in the coming decades. So it is more important than ever to restore the world's 2 billion hectares of degraded land. This will require science and technology to understand how to plant the right tree in the right place for the most effective benefits. 

How has the nature tech sector developed? 
It started with transparency and accountability related to the impact our companies and consumption were having on the environment. From there, product developers were hired to navigate regulations, resilience engineers to learn how to plant species for multiple climate scenarios, operations leads to lead teams in the field and business developers to bring the product to market. 

What are the solutions to restoring nature? 
1. Utilisation of technology 
A remote sensing dashboard allows the ability to analyse if site restoration is possible from a desk, saving weeks of work on the ground. A carbon capture and nature analysis model allows the ability to predict the impact of planting technologies which are designed to make planting in arid regions a possibility. 

2. Communication the importance to investors 
Transparently communicating to investors the benefits of nature tech can unleash waves of funding. Carbon capture can be calculated in real time, changing the current carbon offset market.  

How have Land Life managed to restore land in Australia? 
Their partner buys the property in need of nature restoration. Then they determine the restorable area and what should remain agricultural land and what should be converted back to nature. Carbon financing not only makes the project happen to fund the reforestation operations, but also compensates for the loss of land value for the landowner. They then work with local aboriginal communities to work with and understand their history of that land, as well as their goals and hopes for the restoration. They have restored thousands of hectares using this model and are developing a public-private partnership to replicate the results across Victoria. 

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Rebekah Braswell

Rebekah Braswell

Rebekah Braswell, CEO of Land Life, is a nature tech company aiming to restore the world's 2 billion hectares of degraded land. With a background in the private sector, Braswell worked on food security and agricultural value chains. After deciding to run an avocado farm, she connected with Land Life and developed a business model for planting trees. This connection also connected her to her family, who have been farming for five generations. Rebekah's family's heritage of farming and the importance of land as stewards for future generations have been significant influences in her career. Developing a market value proposition for nature restoration has been a rewarding way to honour this heritage.

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