Terraso is a set of software services and applications curated by Tech Matters for community leaders: landowners, agribusiness, small-holder farmers, pastoralists, indigenous people, local government, and investors. Terraso provides these actors with software, data tools, and the access to financial resources they need to bring their stakeholders together, overcoming conflicting agendas, and finding common ground in a sustainable vision for their ecosystem. Terraso has been created as part of the 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People Initiative.
Tech Matters is a Silicon Valley based nonprofit organization with a mission to bring the benefits of technology to all of humanity. We work hand-in-hand with social change visionaries to build tech solutions needed for real systems change, to create large-scale, positive impact. Tech Matters is staffed by tech experts with a passion for social justice and a commitment to further positive social change.
The overall 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People (1000L) initiative goal is to bring essential information, tools, and financial resources to local leaders in at least 1,000 communities with a combined population of more than 1 billion. In this context, a “landscape” is a place defined by ecosystem boundaries (a watershed, a forest) and/or political boundaries (province, state, county). It includes the full range of human and natural activities and might have a population of 10,000 people, or 10,000,000. The initiative focuses on the local leaders of these landscapes, helping them build more sustainable, climate- smart, economies for their future.
Our 1000L partners are powerful organizations with in-depth engagements with landscape initiatives around the world, but they are not as focused on software tools and data collaboration. They have come together with each other, and with Tech Matters, to make the joint investments in technology and capacity which will support all landscape-level activities, not just those done in partnership with major NGOs.
As part of the 1000L initiative, Tech Matters is building Terraso, a digital landscape platform to engage local community leaders representing landowners, agribusiness, small-holder farmers, pastoralists, indigenous people, local government, and investors. Terraso will provide the software and data tools they need to bring their stakeholders together, overcome conflicting agendas, and find common ground in a sustainable vision for their ecosystem and the community determination to make critical changes.
Terraso is an ambitious technology project with an expected lifetime of more than a decade. Our goal is not just to build software and deliver data, but to profoundly change behavior across a large segment of the planet. Our plan is not to compel action, or wag our finger at negative activities, but instead to use the power of these tools to help the leaders in these landscapes to advance their shared social, environmental, and economic goals. We believe that the investment of a few tens of millions of dollars over the coming decade in better data, better learning, and better tools will leverage the effective investment of many billions of dollars of other people’s money. Unlike most climate approaches, we are focused on helping local leaders make the decisions that will shape the places they live for coming decades.
Terraso is fully aligned with Tech Matters’ mission to identify and implement open source technology platforms which can help thousands of communities improve their welfare and their environment, creating a sustainable future. By nurturing data-driven decision making, building local capacity, and enabling funding, Terraso can promote systems level change around the world.
Terraso is the technology platform powering the 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People initiative.
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