Using Blockchain and Geo-Tagging to Fight Deforestation in Africa

 

The Deal With Deforestation

There are about 15 billion trees being cut globally annually. In Africa, deforestation rates have passed the global average. Forest in West and East Africa are seeing the worst of it, as many people in rural areas depend on wood from fallen trees for cooking.

My Roots In Africa

The African startup The Most Influential People of African Descent, MIPAD, is striving to find a solution to the deforestation crisis by bridging the gap between Africans in the diaspora and the motherland. They aim to assign and plant more than 200 million trees across Africa by 2024.

The ‘My Roots In Africa’ project allows anyone to request a tree and have it planted in their own or a loved one’s honor. “My Roots in Africa is…Uber for trees, connecting local communities impacted by pollution or deforestation, with global citizens looking to plant their roots in Africa,” said Kamil Olufowobi, MIPAD’s Founder and CEO.

Using AI and Blockchain

To further personalize this, MIPAD partnered with Decagon Institute to use data science and artificial intelligence to identify and geo-tag trees planted using blockchain technology. This will enable subscribers to know the exact location of their allocated tree and be able to see it using satellite imagery including Google Maps. This also prevents allocating the same tree to more than one person.

Learn more about the project and reserve a tree here.

 

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