Based on these user need identification meetings, the GCRF Sustainable Rainforest Communities Hub will strive to accomplish the following objectives to address the above intractable challenge.
Economic and social objectives:
To develop co-design approaches and systems to combine strengths of DAC country partners and those in UK to address the challenge identified above.
To study diverse local social responses to new technologies and business models that involve international partnerships and use regular feedback to innovate strategies to gain local acceptance, recognition, and a sense of belongingness.
To jointly explore and innovate micro-manufacturing methods to add value to a set of non-timber based resources in the areas of food innovation and herbs to provide viable alternatives to logging and unsustainable farming.
To develop sustainable business models and value streams to exploit technological advances in the framework of a circular economy, to enable local economic development in an environmentally sustainable way, including the application of carbon offset revenue through the voluntary carbon offset market.
To develop conceptual understanding around the link between local scale contextual indicators for development and macro-scale indicators related to the Sustainable Development Goals, the challenges, and how these may be addressed. Such work to include determining means by which the results can be transferable to other communities, and scalable in their impact, including via consideration of policy implications.
To jointly explore for new materials as viable alternatives to timber as a construction material.
To use state of the art remote sensing technologies to survey rainforest areas to enable non-timber resources to be developed for the benefit of local communities and alongside conservation
To develop soft robotic technologies to assist demand driven placement of multi-modal sensors and to provide nodes for an ad-hoc network for efficient data communication within a rainforest, assisting researchers and communities in advancing sustainable development.
To use data capture, including image data and audio data to potentially make natural sounds and images of the rainforest available online for recreation and scientific studies so that a vast interest group across the globe can support sustainable development and rainforest preservation.
Education and capacity building objectives:
To hold hands on co-design and brainstorming workshops to engage key stakeholder groups such as students, teachers, government policymakers, environmentalists, farmers, and investors establish the appropriate and practical sustainable alternatives to current practices and enable reducing poverty and foster economic growth in rainforest communities without resorting to logging.
To develop teaching modules where university students in UK and DAC countries can experience diverse user requirements and constraints through hands-on design projects to solve challenging global problems.