Building equity and fairness into climate solutions

MIT Faculty and Researchers

John Fernandez (lead), Daniela Rus (lead), Joann de Zegher (lead), John Aldridge, Marcela Angel, Deborah Campbell, Alessandra Fabbri, John Loomis, Björn Lütjens, Luis Gilberto Murillo-Urrutia, Dava Newman, Roberto Rigobon, Cesar Terrer

External Collaborators

Carlos A. Nobra (University of São Paulo), Adalberto L. Val (Brazilian National Institute for Research of the Amazon)

Research summary

A healthy biosphere is critical to a stable climate system. Recently, global natural systems have become severely degraded and their capacity to serve as major carbon sinks is in danger. Deforestation and forest degradation in the Amazon, Central Africa, and South-East Asia are reducing their natural carbon capture capacity and altering their critical ecological functions. This project aims to protect tropical forests through the integration of targeted technology breakthroughs, deep community engagement, and innovative bioeconomic opportunities. We propose a Natural Climate and Community Solution (NCCS) comprised of the following three integrated pillars: (1) Community engagement and data collection framework; (2) Data processing, forecasting, and visualization platform utilizing machine learning; a (3) bioeconomy business model co-creation incubator that incentivizes sustainable forest management practices and monitoring and generates local income.


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