A new era ofenvironmental intelligence

May 12, 2023By Elke Heiss

This past year, Laconic’s business development teams have met and consulted with leaders and decision makers in 8 developing countries.

The insightful, motivating and often alarming conversations have revolved around the three activity domains that Laconic specializes in, these being Ecology, Economy and Security.

Concerns and actions for protecting and restoring ecology are a priority on every leader’s list, whether they’re personally compelled to care about the natural world or not.

Globally, pressure continues to mount for countries to have a net zero policy and to make clear efforts to protect natural resources. The challenge with taking a nature centric approach to policy is ensuring that economies aren’t negatively affected, and people can continue to achieve healthy standards of living.

In an ideal scenario, the legitimate protection and regeneration of natural ecosystems would form the basis for a new kind of economic growth in which people and nature benefit interdependently.

Laconic has worked to develop this very form of model, ensuring we deliver valuable solutions across Ecology, Economy and Security with an approach that can ultimately be applied around the world and at scale.

On the island of Bali, Indonesia, Laconic owns Nature Works farm an area of land that was previously rice paddies, now converted to 100% organic mixed crop farmland – growing some 60 different crop types.

The main purpose of Nature Works farm is to test established and novel methods of soil restoration, carbon sequestration and water treatments.

All crop yields are given freely to the farm staff and local community.

Water and soil samples are sent to labs on an ongoing program of testing.

Local farmers are engaged and educated in soil restoration methods.

And it’s partly due to Nature Works farm that one of the world’s most important environmental projects has been signed into action between Laconic and Bali’s state owned enterprise, PT Perusda.

In 2023, Laconic begins executing a first of a kind program that supports Ecology, Economy and Food security, by monetizing Bali’s untapped natural carbon assets.

The program starts with deployment of Laconic’s SADAR, an advanced environmental intelligence platform that involves sampling and characterization of all Bali’s natural stocks and flows, such as carbon, nitrogen, water, pollutants, agricultural and fisheries activities, atmospheric data and so much more.

Across the island, farmers will be provided with organic, all natural, microbial fertilizers that are applied to crops to increase yields, whilst below the ground the same microbes sequester large volumes of airborne CO2.

At the end of each rice harvest, straw is typically burned, releasing methane, CO2 and dangerous amounts of particulates.

Using the same microbe strains, Laconic is composting straw and providing it back to farmers to assist in the restoration of the long depleted paddy fields.

In this virtuous cycle, soil is restored after decades of extractive use, waterways become cleaner in the absence of chemical fertilizers, farmers benefit from free fertilizers that also increase yields, and the Bali Government gains millions of annual revenues from Carbon credits.

The entire program fits within Bali’s vision of “Nangun Sat Kerthi Loka Bali”

Which roughly translates as,

“Protecting the sanctity and harmony of Bali’s nature and its components to create a prosperous and happy life for the Balinese people”

In a world that is seemingly more polarized between the needs of economy versus ecology, Laconic’s partnership with Bali reveals how a different form of thinking can provide an all round win for the environment and those people living within it.

By: Mike Weeks
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-weeks-aa559819/

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