Compiled by Masha Tseveen.
In the past 45 years, nearly 20% of the Amazon rainforest has been cut down, according to Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research, and deforestation continues. It’s critically important for a large portion of the remaining forest to be preserved.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the world’s largest environmental organization has embarked on a ground-breaking initiative designed to help Brazilians preserve the Amazonian rainforest—which has major implication for the earth’s environment. A global team from IBM Corporate Service Corps is helping out.
You can help, too. They’re crowd-sourcing solutions. Pitch in by offering answers to the following nine questions. We invite you to submit your solutions through their site by clicking on the questions tagged with hyperlinks. And even if you don’t have ideas to offer, return to the web site and its crowd-sourcing forum to view the latest suggestions and get frequent updates on the TNC’s programs and the IBM team’s progress.
Question 1: HOW CAN WE PRESERVE THE RAINFOREST?
Based on your own knowledge and what you have learned on their site, what do you think would be the most effective methods for preserving the rainforest?
What are the critical elements that are important to consider when designing and building systems that implement legislation with multiple stakeholders (community, NGOs, municipalities), where natural or shared resources are involved? What are the key things that must be considered and pitfalls to avoid?
Question 3: WHO HAS DESIGNED GOVERNMENT/CITIZEN PORTALS?
This question goes out to people who have experience in designing citizen portals of this type–especially those involving land records. What approaches and technologies worked best? What lessons did you learn that might help TNC and the IBM team further develop the PAM portal? (a Portuguese acronym for Municipal Environmental Portal App)
Question 4: BETTER NET ACCESS IN THE AMAZON?
Do you know of better methods for bringing broadband Internet access to remote areas of the Amazon?
Question 5: HELP WITH DATA ANALYTICS?
Does anybody know of open source data analytics tools that might be useful with PAM?
Question 6: WHO IS INTO GREEN SUPPLY CHAINS?
Do you know of food companies or retailers that are running—or interested in running—green supply chains? What models are working?
Question 7: HOW DO YOU CHANGE A DESTRUCTIVE PATTERN?
Do you know of successful methods for combining incentives and penalties to change the way people think and act concerning the environment?
Question 8: HOW DO YOU GOVERN A PROJECT LIKE THIS?
How do you govern a project like this? Does anybody have advice for TNC?
Question 9: HOW CAN TNC ACHIEVE WIDESPREAD ADOPTION OF PAM?
What should The Nature Conservancy and its allies do to encourage adoption of PAM widely, starting with the Amazon but spreading across the globe?
Visit the IBM and The Nature Conservancy site for daily updates and insights to the project.
And follow them on twitter: #HelpCSCBrazil, #ibmcsc @ibmcsc