Space Intelligence to Map Kenya and Tanzania to Support Integrity and Transparency in the Carbon Markets

According to reports by Space Intelligence, a NatureTech company specialising in Digital MRV (Measurement, Reporting, and Verification) across the tropics to support nature-based solutions to climate change, it has been selected to map  Kenya and Tanzania to support integrity and transparency in the carbon markets.

The maps, expected to be verified by Verra, will help to provide a baseline for all Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) projects that aim to stop unplanned deforestation in the countries. For accuracy and authenticity, the maps will consist of two tiers of data: a series of Forest Cover Benchmark Maps spanning 2010-2020 and point-based Activity Data showing the precise location of deforestation.

According to Professor Ed Mitchard, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Space Intelligence Ltd, ‘’Using our AI technology and the consolidated REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) methodology, we will be able to create maps of forest change for the entire country.’’

Furthermore, One method through which Verra enhances the integrity, transparency, and efficiency of carbon markets is by establishing and assigning deforestation baseline data for complete jurisdictions. Traditionally, project developers were tasked with generating baseline deforestation estimates for a particular project, often necessitating consultants’ involvement in formulating these baselines. In contrast, this new approach removes these responsibilities and decisions from the project developer’s purview, guaranteeing that Verra supervises creating the baselines.

“We are working in consortiums with local partners in each country to ensure the highest possible accuracy for the maps and that local conditions are considered. We are also engaging with governments and all project developers in both countries. The combination of local knowledge about forests and deforestation drivers, our ability to process large quantities of satellite data and use advanced AI to create accurate maps, will ensure the best possible datasets are available to support regional projects”, Professor Mitchard explained further.

According to Julianne Baroody, Senior Director, Forest Carbon Innovation, Verra, “The innovative approach to baseline setting is a key feature of the new consolidated REDD methodology, and we are glad to engage several highly qualified data service providers, including Space Intelligence, for this purpose. Having robust and reliable data about jurisdictional deforestation is essential to ensure that these methodologies continue to drive important climate finance to at-risk forests.”