Albo Climate and ALUS Partner to Leverage Remote Sensing and Machine Learning for New Acre Project
Israeli climate-tech start-up, Albo Climate, partners with ALUS, a Canadian environmental NGO, to implement novel remote sensing models to identify carbon stocks and changes in Canadian tree plantations.
ALUS’ Tree planting project in Montérégie, Quebec, Canada
Tel Aviv, Israel, & Toronto, Canada, March 28, 2023 – Albo Climate and ALUS announce a partnership to use a remote sensing-based platform for identifying carbon stocks and sequestration for tree and shrub projects supported by New Acre Project, ALUS’ corporate ESG investment platform.
The ultra-high-resolution, AI-powered products will be calibrated for ALUS’ tree and shrub projects in four provinces in Canada: Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Quebec. The sites are located on private lands managed and maintained by farmers and ranchers participating in the ALUS program.
Through New Acre Project, corporations can invest in nature-based projects delivered by ALUS to receive a bundled ecosystem credit that includes carbon sequestration, water, and biodiversity benefits. The partnership with Albo Climate will allow ALUS to deliver carbon sequestration results with greater accuracy and transparency to its corporate sponsors.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Albo Climate, an innovative start-up developing robust remote-sensing solutions suited to our needs. We are confident that this kind of technology has immense potential to scale up and create transparency in a variety of nature-based climate solutions,” says Mary-Ellen Anderson, Head of Special Projects and Innovation at ALUS.
Screenshot from Albo’s Carbon Monitoring Platform
ALUS is a Canadian charitable organization with an innovative community-developed and farmer-delivered program that produces, enhances, and maintains ecosystem services on agricultural lands. Projects supported through the program include wetland restoration and enhancement, riparian buffers, shelterbelts, afforestation, native prairie grass restoration, and rotational grazing - all aimed at providing greater biodiversity, cleaner water and air, habitat, carbon sequestration, and climate resiliency.
Albo Climate’s innovative technology analyzes satellite imagery using deep learning to map, measure, and monitor carbon sequestration, deforestation, and land-use changes in nature-based climate solutions.
ALUS tree and shrub project sites serve not only as carbon sinks but also foster local biodiversity and reduce runoff of agricultural inputs into local watersheds. Most projects are developed on the edges of the farmers’ fields which are oftentimes underutilized and include a variety of tree species that are native and appropriate to the area, including spruce, pine, and maple.
“We are excited about our partnership with ALUS, a fantastic organization massively implementing nature-based solutions across Canada. We are looking forward to applying our modes to service their afforestation, reforestation, and regeneration projects, and detect carbon stocks in the woody vegetation even in small patches with recently planted trees,” notes Marco Calderon, CTO of Albo Climate.
About Albo Climate
Albo Climate, headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel, supports Nature-Based climate solutions with AI and Satellite-Powered technology. They are currently servicing a number of forestry and agriculture projects around the world, including in the USA, Canada, Ecuador, Peru, Germany, Australia and Zambia. Learn more at albosys.com
ALUS (originally an acronym for Alternative Land Use Services) is a national Canadian charitable organization that provides expertise, resources, and direct financial support to farmers and ranchers to establish and steward nature-based solutions on their land. Through these solutions, they deliver ecosystem services to help sustain agriculture and fight climate change and biodiversity loss for the benefit of communities and future generations. Learn more at ALUS.ca.
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