Between 1990 and 2016, the world lost over 1.3 million km2 – an area larger than South Africa.
It’s estimated that the earth is currently losing approximately 14 billion trees each year.
This equates to approximately 120 million tonnes of lost carbon sequestration every year, or the equivalent of 1000 Boeing 747s flying non-stop for 55 years.
Alarmingly, more than 35% of the world’s mangroves are already gone. The figure is as high as 50% in countries such as India, the Philippines, and Vietnam, while in the Americas they are being cleared at a rate faster than tropical rainforests.
Coastal ecosystems sequester and store more carbon (‘blue carbon’) per unit area than terrestrial forests and are recognised for their role in mitigating climate change. Coastal habitats cover less than 1.5% of the world but account for approximately 41% of global carbon sequestration.
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15: US$8.7 billion pledged to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Bonn Challenge: Turn 350 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2030.
African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100): restoring 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2030, $1.481 billion pledged
Despite significant funds being pledged, SDG even states that Goal 15 is ‘unlikely to be met’.
Current reforestation efforts are largely manual and labour intensive, with tree planters averaging only 800 new trees per day. These outdated processes are expensive and inadequate to meet global demand for reforestation.
This has created a substantial market opportunity for companies that can offer impactful, scalable technological solutions that help address these global commitments to reforestation.
AirSeed Technologies have developed an autonomous planting system that significantly increases the planting rate (40,000 tree seed pods/day with a team of only two people and one drone) whilst simultaneously reducing the cost/tree planted by 75-80%.
We create a detailed terrain map using ‘off the shelf’ drone and remote sensing technology. We then analyse the image data in conjunction with physical features and materials on the ground.
We take soil samples from multiple locations to determine what beneficial nutrients, minerals and bacteria are present within the soil and utilise the results to manufacture a soil specific probiotic nutrient pack that is inoculated into the seed pods.
The Seed pod manufacturing is performed via a unique, mobile manufacturing plant within a shipping container. This allows for quick and efficient cross border transportation and eliminates any biological customs restrictions.
Our patented Seed Pods are a low-cost, low-impact solution to reforesting. Seeds grow in their own micro-ecosystem containing beneficial soil rich bacteria and supplementary nutrients and microbes, all of which are necessary for developing seedlings in otherwise nutrient deprived soils at the planting location.
Our planting drones fly autonomously, in swarms, planting two carbon seed pods/second whilst simultaneously data logging the GPS location of every seed pod planted.
The data collected at Step 1 is used to develop accurate flight plans that not only fly the drones, but also trigger the pod firing mechanism at predefined GPS coordinates.
We re-map the planted areas 3 to 6 months after the initial pod planting takes place. Using powerful feature-extraction, classification, and change detection with artificial intelligence, we detect change over time, count tree canopies and calculate biomass. This helps to accurately monitor and report germination rates and ultimately the success of the project.
Our primary markets are Africa, South East Asia and Oceania. We’ll start by targeting “For Profit” projects from industries that have a commercial or regulatory requirement to replant trees and/or a desire to mitigate the cost of their carbon emissions through carbon credits. Once established, we’ll expand our market penetration by targeting private, government and NGO environmental restorations projects.
By forming associations with governments, AirSeed Technologies can offer:
Countries in which we have identified demand for these services include Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa, Gabon, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Joint venture projects that include tree-based restoration initiatives to improve water quality, soil health, biodiversity, air quality and provide sustainable timber, food and forest products for local communities while simultaneously creating rural jobs. NGOs which we are targeting include Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, World Resoures Institution and the World Wildlife Fund.
AirSeed Technologies has already begun replanting our forests, undertaking a paid trial with one of the world’s leading food and agri-business companies to plant over 500,000 trees. If the trial is successful, AirSeed Technologies will have the opportunity to conduct a commercial project with the group to plant 200 million trees throughout Africa, resulting in significant revenue over the next 5 years.
The company earns revenue via a service agreement structure. Clients contract with AirSeed Technologies to undertake planting operations, as described in section 2.8, for a predefined period (e.g. 12 months) and for a minimum order size not less than $50,000 USD. The total project cost is calculated on a per tree planted basis:
Example: 100,000 (trees) x $0.50 (cost/tree planted) = $50,000
As the company scales into larger commercial projects both domestically and internationally, licensing of the company’s IP to certified operators and strategic partners is an obvious avenue for investigation.
See 2.14 of the Offer Document for further discussion.
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From 1990 to 2016 the world lost over 1.3 million square kilometres of forest, an area larger than South Africa. Just this summer, Australia lost over 15 million acres or forest to bushfire. Current reforestation methods are expensive and slow with seedlings grown in nursery environments for up to 1 year before being transported and manually planted. Using drone technology, artificial & data driven intelligence and sustainable biotechnology, AirSeed Technologies is tackling global reforestation at scale.
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