Global Top100 Outstanding Project Announcement 10/10: NatureAlpha

Published on February 15, 2022

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As losses in biodiversity put entire supply chains and the subsistence of food or health systems at risk, a rising number of investors and financial institutions are now striving to invest in a future with a lower nature-related financial risk. Yet, data on companies’ relationship with nature is often intransparent – or simply unavailable. NatureAlpha is striving to fill this gap by “providing science-based, AI and machine learning-powered biodiversity analytics via API or platform to global financial institutions”. By fostering investments in biodiversity, NatureAlpha addresses a whole range of SDGs, including SDG6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG13 (Climate Action), SDG14 (Life Below Water), SDG15 (Life on Land) & SDG17 (Partnerships to achieve the Goal).

As announced in the previous few articles, the IRCAI Scientific Program Committees and the IRCAI Scientific Journal Editorial Board have completed their review of the Global Top 100 project submissions. 10 solutions were deemed “outstanding projects” based on their centrality of AI, the potential impact on relevant SDG(s), demonstration of potential in completed work (either proof of concept or completed research paper), and ethical design. The aim of this article is to introduce the project to relevant stakeholders and the broader public and to make the voices of NatureAlpha heard on the world stage.

“Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world” (UN/IPBES, 2019): According to the newest estimates, recent biodiversity losses threaten more than 80% of the UN SDG targets. In fact, biodiversity losses put entire supply chains and the subsistence of food and health systems at risk. The World Economic Forum (2021) estimates that $44 trillion of economic value is threatened by our current losses in biodiversity. While regulators are therefore increasingly demanding companies and governments to invest in a future with lower nature-related financial risk, a growing number of market participants are now considering the ways in which environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks can have material impacts.

As a way to provide investors with data on companies’ relationship with nature, NatureAlpha is currently seeking to democratize information on the nature impacts of our investment decisions. By using AI, NatureAlpha gathers data on companies’ relationships with nature, and uses automated sentiment analysis (such as Latent Dirichlet Allocation) to categorize them. After applying a causal chain model to categorize the biodiversity data, the tool then relies on a Bayesian Network which populates the model, with data-driven learning about the relationships between the model’s nodes to ensure as much structural flexibility as possible.

With its cloud-based platform, NatureAlpha hopes to provide sufficient insights into the often too intransparent nature risks and impact of asset-level investment decisions. With its ability to influence and redirect capital towards biodiversity preservation, NatureAlpha notes that its AI approach could have “far-reaching effects for billions of global citizens”. 

NatureAlpha’s biodiversity & nature metrics platform is powered by an R&D partnership with Oxford University.

For more information, find out more on NatureAlpha’s website or LinkedIn:

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Georgia DIP and AI Research Project

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International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published the digital innovation profile for Georgia, a document analysing digital innovation ecosystem in Georgia, focusing on the opportunities and challenges in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The document had been prepared with the collaboration of IRCAI experts.

Highlights from the 16th ASEF Classroom Network Conference

Educators and professionals from across Europe and Asia gathered in the picturesque city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, from November 12-15, 2023, for the 16th ASEF Classroom Network Conference. Hosted by the International Research Centre on AI under the Auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) and supported by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, this annual event was a success: it brought teachers together, facilitated the creation of new partnerships, answered some questions about AI in education and uncovered many new and important ones.

In Person Meeting of the African Members of the NAIXUS Network of AI Researchers on AI and Development

In Person Meeting of the African Members of the NAIXUS Network of AI Researchers on AI and Development

The NAIXUS project (Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs) convened a significant meeting during the Deep Learning Indaba 2023. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the progress of the project, share insights, and plan future actions to strengthen the network’s impact on advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through artificial intelligence (AI) research.

Workshop at the Deep Learning Indaba 2023: “Building a Global Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs” 

Workshop at the Deep Learning Indaba 2023: “Building a Global Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs” 

The International Research Institute on AI under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) and its core members in the Network of Excellence NAIXUS; a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at bridging the gap between AI and sustainable development hosted a meeting amd a workshop in Accra, Ghana. Both events were held as part of the Deep Learning Indaba 2023 Forum on September 8 and 9 and were co-hosted by the NAIXUS members from Africa.


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