Cross-Cutting Challenges

Honey production

Beehives produce not only honey but also beeswax and royal jelly mostly used in the beauty and medical industries, and bees function as eco-system engineers through pollination. Therefore, bee-keeper communities are examples for human habitats with life-styles striking a healthy symbiosis with the natural environment

Augmented Nature

The resilience of an ecosystem is strongly related to its biodiversity. Αugmented Nature is a set of robotic tools that help animals adapt to the mass extinction. The tools enhance the capacities of so called Ecosystem Engineer species to reclaim and change their own habitats. By actively enhancing these types of capabilities in endangered species we aim to provide an answer to the sharp decline in biodiversity.

Remote vr experience

The objective of this user case is to make the interior unpolluted areas of a rainforest a part of life of a larger international community while generating subscription income for local communities. We'll develop technologies to allow users to employ multimodal VR solutions to explore, experience and analyse natural scenes and sounds remotely.



To tackle harvest uncertainty and enhance productivity by managing the most complex and dangerous tasks, we propose a portable tree climbing robots for inoculum injection in Gaharu (Agarwood in Indonesia) and sustainable methods to improve the effectiveness of the inoculum to increase the value of the Gaharu harvest.




Engage communities, create case studies, explore technology and monitoring opportunities, creation of new business models where both the private garden owners and large investors can benefit in a sustainable economic model regulated by Governments using IoT based information systems linked to remote sensing and satellite applications. Investigation of compliance enforcement via satellite data.



Electronics and modern materials could sustainably maximise local production capabilities, such as enabling local drone-based approaches in Sri Lanka, to assist in tea-leaf harvesting combined with GPS fencing around forest edges to improve productivity and reduce plantation encroachment on neighbouring forests, whilst also increasing yields.


Food waste materials

Like the shell of the Brazil nut which is very hard and can be pulverized and used as an abrasive, higher value can be found in many food by-products in the amazon. In parallel to reducing the water waste for processing of Acai berries, wood of Açai palm could be used for construction, waste Açai berries for colorant and seeds for fuel or livestock food and further food.



Improvement of harvesting and logistics could give rise to manufacturing of novel non-food materials like construction products created by circular economy approaches to the Açaí palm in Brazil. New passive transportation technologies would facilitate the logistics and transport of harvest of acai berry and the secondary resources produced.


Brazil Nut

Application of digital technologies and micro-scale manufacturing processes will extend existing small-scale harvesting of products such as Brazil nuts to sustainably increase the output of certain high-value plant oils used in pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries: like the toxin reduction properties of  Brazil nuts. New passive transportation technologies could also benefit transport of heavy sacks of brazil nuts through thick vegetation in Amazonian forest.