CEO Jaya Chakrabarti talks with Ada Lovelace Institute

Prototyping AI ethics futures: Data, AI and environment Recently, the Ada Lovelace Institute conducted a week-long series of events highlighting the new possibilities of a humanities-led, broadly engaging approach to data and AI ethics. Within this, the Institute held a conversation on ‘Prototyping AI ethics futures’, joined by our CEO Jaya Chakrabarti, with Caroline Ward,…

Climate Change Risk Assessment 2021: Afforestation as a key player in reducing impact of global warming

The Climate Change Committee(CCC), the UK Government’s independent climate advisor, has recently released its third official climate change risk assessment(CCRS3) since the 2008 climate change act[1]https://bills.parliament.uk/bills/195 was introduced. This report accumulates almost 3 years of extensive research, analysis and consideration, and the overwhelming conclusion drawn from the study is that the impacts of climate change…

G7 Nature Compact: Corporates already own enough suitable land to exceed England’s tree planting targets

Following G7 pact to protect 30% of global land for nature restoration Project Vana confirm corporates have a huge part to play to hit UK targets As you may know, the G7 met in Cornwall this past weekend to discuss the most pressing international challenges for the coming years. Climate change and biodiversity loss present…

Ahead of G7, Corporates already own enough suitable land to exceed England’s tree planting targets, and over a quarter of that land is in the South West

G7 is meeting in Cornwall because the South West of England is seen to be central to the UK’s green technology sector. However, the region is even more significant. According to new research by the South-West-based eco-transparency platform Project Vana, it also has 26% of that suitable land within its boundaries, just from corporate landholdings.…

England Trees Action Plan: How we can help meet UK climate goals

As we start a new month, we’re looking back on the events of May. In which the Government set out their new plans for tree planting in England over the course of the next four years. The England Trees Action Plan (ETAP) sets out the long-term vision for trees and woodland across England[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/england-trees-action-plan-2021-to-2024#:~:text=The%20England%20Trees%20Action%20Plan,England%20by%202050%20and%20beyond, a key…

Vana awarded seed funding from South West Creative Technology Network to develop prototype

The South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) is a project which aims to expand the use of creative technologies across the South West of England. In this article, SWCTN summarises strategic development of the Vana prototype, outlining the key aims and desired outcomes of Project Vana. This article also highlights the team behind the development of Vana, and the valuable role played by each individual.

Bristol Green Capital: Seeing the Wood for the Trees with Corporate Transparency

In this article, published by Bristol Green Capital Partnership in August of 2019, our digital activist lead Jaya Chakrabarti MBE discusses the strategy behind Vana. Jaya offers a digital solution to increase afforestation in the UK, with aims to tackle the effects of climate change and deforestation by using open data to influence corporate behaviour.…