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The Nature Conservancy’s leaders in the Amazon have great expectations for their Municipal Environmental Portal (PAM). They hope that the resource management tool can grow up to be used by governments, planners and landowners across Brazil and ultimately across the globe’s rainforest belt. (Read about TNC’s ambitions here.) But there’s a long journey between promising …

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TNC’s environmental portal is designed to help municipalities in the Amazon monitor and manage compliance with Brazil’s Forest Code. The system has been developed by two technology contractors to TNC’s specifications and the plan is to turn it into an open source software project. For this system to be widely adopted, it will require involvement, …

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In the Amazon, farmers and ranchers are accustomed to cutting into the rainforest to expand their fields and pastures–rather than attempting to increase the yield of their existing fields. The federal, state and local governments there are experimenting with strategies for changing that destructive pattern. Mostly, it’s a combination of the carrot and stick. So, …

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The Nature Conservancy is experimenting with programs aimed at helping farmers to produce more on their existing fields, so they don’t have to clear-cut additional rainforest. To make this approach succeed, they need to connect with large companies who can help create a market for sustainable crops—companies that want to operate green supply chains. So, …

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The Nature Conservancy’s Municipal Environmental Portal (PAM) has some nifty features. But one thing that it lacks—and needs—is the ability to do data analytics. So, here’s today’s crowdsourcing question: Does anybody know of open source data analytics tools that might be useful with PAM?

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Efforts to register land ownership and monitor deforestation in remote areas of the Amazon are hampered by slow Internet access. In Sao Felix, where TNC is active, the Net comes via a series of radio towers. Read about the problem here. So, our question of the day: “Do you know of better methods for bringing …

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At essence, TNC’s PAM municipal portal for environmental management is a citizen portal. Landowners or their representatives submit information about properties, the information is recorded in databases, it’s massaged and analyzed, and, in the end, a transaction is executed between government and citizen. “Our question for today goes out to people who have experience in …

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We have identified four areas from our first question (see my comment in Question 1) that we intend to follow up on later after the team completes their first round of analysis with our TNC colleagues. The second question I want to pose is: “What are the critical elements that are important to consider when …

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IBM’s Corporate Service Corps team is in Belém, Brazil, starting this week to help The Nature Conservancy further develop a system for monitoring and managing deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. We begin our crowdsourcing project by asking a very broad question: “Based on your own knowledge and what you have learned on this Web site, …

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