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Blog 4: Enabling action
Blog 4/4 from the series about the Deloitte Impact Foundation initiative ‘Cognitive Deforestation Prevention’ that aims to prevent illegal deforestation by building an artificial intelligence solution that predicts where illegal deforestation will happen
Bas Wagenmaker is part of the Visual Analytics team within Deloitte Consulting and has seen a wide variety of clients and analytics projects throughout his career. Working on the WWF’s Early Warning System as part of this Deloitte Impact Foundation initiative, has been one of the most rewarding projects he has done so far. In his blog he shares how he has developed a custom web application to enable local users to take action.
From data to insights
Bas: “An accurate and well-performing model is key in predicting illegal deforestation. However, without the right means to deliver these predictions to the end-user, the insights might lose their value and effective prevention may be significantly obstructed. Therefore, to navigate through the predictions and support follow-up on those predictions, an interactive and intuitive user interface with visualizations of the predictions and other relevant data was needed.
User-interface Early Warning System
Scalable and customizable technology
When we joined the team, a proof of concept of the idea was already in place. One of our main challenges was to take it from a prototype to a fully customizable and scalable solution. In order to make this possible, we decided to create a custom user interface by leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and the power of the cloud. As a backbone for the development of this web application, we used open-source software like React and Node.js.
Various features were implemented to allow the user to effectively navigate through the predictions. Custom solutions were created to, for example, measure distance and area size, upload and visualize shapefiles and export a geospatial pdf to be used during field visits with no internet connection.
Deloitte Impact Foundation
One of the initiatives that make working on a project like this possible at Deloitte is the Deloitte Impact Foundation. This initiative allows us to use our professional expertise to make an impact in society. I am very grateful that this initiative is in place and gives us to the opportunity to contribute to preventing illegal deforestation and protecting the world’s rainforests.”
This WWF program uses artificial intelligence to prevent illegal deforestation and is supported by the Deloitte Impact Foundation
Why does the Deloitte Impact Foundation exist? What is its purpose? How does it work? Read more here.