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Patrick Ribeiro: Digital Tools for Transparency in Forest Restoration

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In this radio episode, we speak to Patrick Ribeiro, founder of OpenForests, a technology company that develops digital tools such as the explorer.land platform for forest restoration initiatives. Patrick discusses how digital technologies – from drones to satellites to interactive maps – can facilitate data-led storytelling that builds transparency between on-the-ground restoration projects, stakeholders and investors, and why it is important to take a multidimensional approach to forests' value.

Interviewers: Max Ritts and Trishant Simlai

Producer: Harry Murdoch

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This radio episode was produced by the Smart Forests project funded by the European Research Council. Smart Forests is led by Professor Jennifer Gabrys and is based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Smart Forests Atlas materials are free to use for non-commercial purposes (with attribution) under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. To cite this radio episode: Ribeiro, Patrick, Max Ritts, and Trishant Simlai, "Patrick Ribeiro: Digital Tools for Transparency in Forest Restoration", Smart Forests Atlas (2023), https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/radio/patrick-ribeiro. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10687649.

Header image: explorer.land map. Image source: explorer.land [map]. Retrieved 26 March 2022, from https://explorer.land/x/projects

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