Efficiently monitoring nature reserves with Natura.ai

Efficiently monitoring nature reserves with Natura.ai

Ever heard of Natura 2000? It is a vast network of protected nature reserves covering a whopping 18% of the EU’s land area, designated to shelter threatened species and habitats. Massive amounts of taxpayer money - about €5.8 billion annually - are spent to maintain and preserve these areas. Twenty-four of the Natura 2000 reserves are located in the eastern Dutch province of Overijssel. That’s where Sobolt comes in with Natura.ai.

 

The provincial authorities of Overijssel organise a Startup in Residence (SiR) programme. In it, they propose a number of challenges faced by the province, and support the development of new innovative solutions. One of these is to develop a more efficient method of mapping and monitoring nature reserves. The monitoring system used currently involves many hours of field work and manual labour. Additionally, the results can be inconsistent between different people performing the surveys, and budgets are a big constraint on the frequency and comprehensiveness with which areas can be monitored.

 

Sobolt is proud to participate in the SiR Overijssel project for nature monitoring. In the coming months, we will develop an innovative solution called Natura.ai, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of monitoring nature in Overijssel. The results of this project can later be expanded for use in other locations. Already interested?

 

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