Objectives of the service
Ecosystem restoration is identified by the international community as one method to reach the Paris agreement and solve part of the issues related to climate change. The restoration of millions of hectares within the next decade is starting. However a lack of visibility on these planting actions and numerous related issues such as slow or missing investments, inadequate governance, missing systematic monitoring and local capacity can be identified. Ecosystem restoration is a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder activity that encompasses financiers, planting companies, farmers, indigenous people, development agencies, certification companies, NGOs, governments and their ministries, universities and other education institutions as well as civil society.
HERMOSA is the first all-in-one platform for identifying, selecting, monitoring and reporting on Ecosystem restoration eliminating complexity while being the first comprehensive marketplace for ecosystem restoration activities supporting supply and demand. The platform will foster the collaboration between various stakeholders involved in ecosystem restoration. It will enable small-holder farmers and land owners to eventually access finances made available by investors who are looking for investment-ready projects. HERMOSA platform will give restoration activities a boost because of the transparency and flexibility offered by the Free and Open Source Software enabling stakeholders to adopt ownership and strengthen their knowledge.
Users and their needs
The multi-sectorial and multi-stakeholder complex nature of ecosystem restoration action necessitates a platform that addresses the various facets of this endeavour. The HERMOSA platform understands the needs and the requirements of the various stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds involved in ecosystem restoration and proposes the value of using open source geo- and space technologies in a way that hides complexity while providing a viable and sustainable solution. The stakeholders interested in such a service platform: financiers, planting organisations, supply-chain managers, farmers, indigenous people, development agencies, certification bodies, NGOs, government-ministries, universities and research organisations as well as civil society.
All stakeholders have certain needs that are addressed by the HERMOSA platform:
- Find the right location and collaborators to implement the project of choice
- Manage the project implementation. Due to size, complexity and number of stakeholders involved, spatial data management is essential
- After the project implementation not only the implementers are interested in the progress of the project, Investors, certifiers, the local and global community are interested to know how the project is evolving
- Ecosystem restoration is a complex task so learning and sharing best practices is a big asset
Service/ system concept
HERMOSA is the first 4-in-1 open source service platform to support ecosystem restoration locally and globally. The concept appeals to several customer groups, such as investors who want to invest in reforestation activities, local farmers who offer their land, planting companies who carry out the various projects on-site, governments that are committed to national and international initiatives in the context of mitigating or adapting to climate change and sustainable development as well as numerous other stakeholders. The platform is based on 4 connected modules:
1. Identify & Connect (identify restoration projects and actors and connect with other stakeholders in a market place)
2. Organize & Implement (using a Geographic Information based system, Identify potential areas of restoration, plan restoration process and manage the implemented restoration activities)
3. Monitor & Report (using Remote Sensing based products, monitor the progress of the restoration activities and create reports for the organisations & stakeholders involved)
4. Learn & Share (a space to share knowledge and learn how to sustainably manage their environment with GIS and Remote Sensing methods )
Through these modules the user is empowered by a set of utilities to implement restoration projects in a low-cost, efficient and transparent way.
Space Added Value
HERMOSA is using Free and Open Earth Observation data from the Copernicus program including Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and other satellite program data such as Landsat, MODIS, ERS and more. Due to specific provided budget, the HERMOSA platform will also include Very High Resolution (VHR) optical and SAR data in an easy to access and creative manner in case the analyses require a high level of detail when working at a small local level. Some of the possible derived products from EO data are as follows:
- Location of potential areas of restoration
- Forest/Non Forest maps
- Deforestation maps
- Selective logging activity monitoring
- Forest Degradation monitoring
- Forest gain maps
- Land Use Land Cover status and change maps
- Tree Growth monitoring at parcel level
- Processing chains accessible via the platform providing the user with computing autonomy
- Trainings/capacity strengthening on Remote Sensing based mapping products
The stakeholders workshop in Peru was conducted successfully by the HERMOSA team. This workshop in Peru was planned as a third workshop in Latin America after Indonesia in South East Asia and Uganda in East Africa, to consolidate and validate the concept of the platform and also to demonstrate the platform prototype and its business plan. It was a good opportunity to have the participation from several Latin American countries (Peru, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador) involved. This allowed a rich conversation with a growing idea of the concept and the functionalities to be awaited from HERMOSA platform. The HERMOSA team is working towards meeting the requirements of the FAT. Follow recent updates on Twitter: @hermosa_earth