One of today’s most pressing climate issues for businesses, civil society, and governments alike is ensuring more sustainable and efficient land use. This transformation would require the protection, restoration, and management of natural ecosystems, in close collaboration with communities on the front lines of climate change. For example, ecosystem-based approaches can help boost the resilience of smallholder farms through alternative agroforestry methods that simultaneously protect the environment.
But more data is needed to ensure these solutions are deployed effectively, and decision-makers must know how to best use innovative approaches to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stop further global temperature increases. Satellites and remote sensing can play an important role in monitoring changes in the environment and help inform evidence-based targets and decision-making for climate change adaptation and mitigation, including in the food system.
This event, hosted by Devex in partnership with the Satellite Applications Catapult, will look at opportunities for using geospatial technology and data in supporting evidence-based decision-making for sustainable land use. It will also explore the role of businesses more broadly, as well as in advancing nature-centered approaches — including protecting, restoring, and managing the natural ecosystems where they work.
Opening Remarks by Rebecca Root, Reporter and Editorial Associate, Devex
Fireside chat with the Satellite Applications Catapult
• Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications CatapultModerator:• Rebecca Root, Reporter and Editorial Associate, Devex
• Allister Furey, Co-founder and CEO, Sylvera
• Crystal Davis, Director, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute
• Racquel Moses, CEO of Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator and U.N.
• Global Ambassador in the Race to Zero
• Maria Adelaida Fernandez Munoz, National Program Coordinator, Colombia, Earth Innovation InstituteModerator:• Rebecca Root, Reporter and Editorial Associate, Devex
• Lucy Almond, Director and Chair, Nature 4 ClimateModerator:• Vince Chadwick, Brussels Correspondent, Devex
Closing Remarks by Rebecca Root, Reporter and Editorial Associate, Devex
Lucy is a strategic communications and coalition-building specialist, with a special interest in natural resource sectors, technological and social innovation. She has been the driving force behind the Nature4Climate (N4C) coalition where she is currently Chair. N4C is a strategic mobilisation response to climate change that aims to increase investment and action on nature-based solutions – with 18 coalition partners, hosted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Previously Lucy was communications director for TNC’s Global Lands’ team, and prior to that, she ran her own consultancy company. The first 18 years of her career were spent at BP in a range of roles across the company’s alternative energy, technology, upstream, trading, and corporate communications divisions.
Crystal is the Director of Global Forest Watch, a powerful near-real-time forest monitoring system that unites technology and human networks to create never-before-possible transparency on what is happening in forests around the world. She works with companies, governments, and civil society organizations to use better information about forests to mobilize more effective, rights-based conservation and sustainable management. Crystal previously worked on strengthening forest governance in Brazil, Indonesia, and Cameroon with WRI’s Institutions and Governance Program. Prior to joining WRI, she worked in environmental consulting in Half Moon Bay, California. Crystal holds a B.S. and M.S. in Earth Systems Science from Stanford University. Her research encompassed environmental governance in Uganda and conservation biology in the tropical rainforests of South America and Eastern Africa.
Allister is a repeat entrepreneur with a PhD in Machine Learning and an MBA from London Business School. As well as 10 years developing technology in the renewables industry, he has built and operated business units in Asia, Continental Europe and the UK.
Stuart Martin is CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult. He joined the Catapult in January 2013 from Logica (now part of CGI) where he has led all the company’s activities in the Space domain for seven years. Stuart is a former vice-chair of UKSpace, the British trade association representing the Space industry, and council member of Eurospace – its European equivalent. He is a Non-Executive Director of three Catapult spin-out companies, a member of the Advisory Board for Seraphim Space Venture Capital Fund, and sits on the UK Space Leadership Council, the top-level cross-industry, academia and government stakeholder group responsible for overseeing and delivering UK space policy. Stuart is a passionate advocate of the Catapult programme, which he considers to be a vital element of the UK strategy to secure and accelerate economic growth from emerging technologies. Furthermore, for satellite applications, he believes the UK is well on its way to securing a world-leading position, making the UK the place to be if you want to do business in Space.
As the CEO of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, Racquel Moses leads the Accelerator as it delivers its strategy, bringing with her nearly two decades of business management experience in the Caribbean region. Moses works with key stakeholders in governments and the public and private sectors to co-develop and agree on Accelerator strategies to drive investment projects across the Caribbean at scale. She is based in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Moses is also a Trustee of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.
María Adelaida is a biologist with a MSc in Environmental Economics and Natural Resources, and PhD in Economic Sciences. She has extensive experience in the design of policies, plans, and economic and financial instruments for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. She has worked for the Ministry of the Environment in Colombia, for international cooperation organizations like GIZ and USAID, and in academia. She has lent her expertise while consulting for research institutions, conservation funds, NGOs and IADB. Currently, María Adelaida coordinates the development of plans and strategies for low-emissions rural development in Colombia, with public and private actors at the jurisdictional level.
Vince Chadwick is the Brussels Correspondent for Devex. He covers the EU institutions, member states, and European civil society. A law graduate from Melbourne, Australia, he was social affairs reporter for The Age newspaper, before moving to Europe in 2013. He covered breaking news, the arts and public policy across the continent, including as a reporter and editor at POLITICO Europe.
Rebecca Root is a Reporter and Editorial Associate at Devex producing news stories, video, and podcasts as well as partnership content. She has a background in finance, travel, and global development journalism and has written for a variety of publications while living and working in New York, London, and Barcelona.