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Wednesday, April 22 • 1:50pm - 2:05pm
The Connected Habitat of Impact

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The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy has a global team of 400+ scientists that are helping drive our understanding of how nature’s resources like water, land and air interact with society, and vice versa. When we pick our actions and efforts to conserve a piece of land or a patch on the ocean, the ecological impacts are usually scientifically clear and well stated. However, more often than not, preserving nature’s resources can impact more than just the environment - take for instance the task of protecting land. Land provides food, food feeds people, industries and infrastructure and more. Even the interconnectedness of land and water make nature a complex entity of change! We need a better way to understand and drive decisions for conservation impact!

Helping nature do nature faster

While nature always works, it takes time. For instance, we know reforestation helps restore our water systems in a sustainable way! However, it can be years before we are able to see the proof of the impact. We need technology and tools to speed up our understanding and confidence in our strategies. We need to engage more regional and relevant stakeholders that can push the success as well as de-risk the execution of such strategies. ## Telling stories & making a case for impact With the power of graphs, we can better understand the connectedness of people and nature’s resources. By leaning on patterns for “detecting risk” & “recommending actions”, we can kickstart some innovative and highly relevant stories of impact!


Niraj Swami

Niraj Swami is an avid technologist & innovator with deep interests in Artificial Intelligence, applied knowledge graphs, cognitive technologies and behavioral economics. Niraj has led Applied AI and innovation initiatives for the learning, business productivity and healthcare spaces... Read More →

Wednesday April 22, 2020 1:50pm - 2:05pm EDT
Room 6