Hitachi Vantara      +      Rainforest Connection

The Rainforests

Are Speaking.

Can we hear them before it’s too late?

Hitachi Vantara  +  Rainforest Connection

The Rainforests

Are Speaking.

Can we hear them before it’s too late?

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Of global carbon emissions accounted for by deforestation.

The world’s rainforests are a vital global resource being depleted at an alarming rate. 

At the current rate of decline, it is estimated that tropical rainforests could be wiped out as functioning ecosystems in less than 100 years. 

32M acres

Of rainforest destroyed each year by legal & illegal logging.

20M people

Affected by historic droughts directly related to Amazon rainforest loss.

72 percent

Of global bird species living in forest habitats.

1 football field

The area of Amazon rainforest destroyed every two seconds.

76 percent

Of global amphibian species living in forest habitats.

*Sources: Rainforest Connection, https://rfcx.org/our_work. 22 Mar 2022. The Nature Conservancy, https://www.nature.org/media/aboutus/casestatement_forests.pdf. 22 Mar 2022. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2420. 23 Mar 2022.

.2420. 23 Mar 2022.
. 22 Mar 2022. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 
*Sources: Rainforest Connection, 
https://doi.org/10.1002/feehttps://www.nature.org/media/aboutus/casestatement_forests.pdf
. 22 Mar 2022. The Nature Conservancy, 
https://rfcx.org/our_work

32M acres

Of rainforest destroyed each year by legal & illegal logging.

20M people

Affected by historic droughts directly related to Amazon rainforest loss.

72 Percent

Of global bird species living in forest habitats.

1 football field

The area of Amazon rainforest destroyed every two seconds.

76 percent

Of global amphibian species living in forest habitats.

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The impact of rainforest deforestation can be seen in your lifetime.

With these images from NASA and Google Earth, anyone can see the rapid transformation that tropical forest land has undergone over the course of the last three decades.

Rondonia, Brazil

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Rondonia, Brazil

The impact of rainforest deforestation can be seen in your lifetime.

With these images from NASA and Google Earth, anyone can see the rapid transformation that tropical forest land has undergone over the course of the last three decades.

Rondonia, Brazil

VIDEO

How technology can help save the trees. 

Since 2013, Rainforest Connection has been building solar-powered devices called “Guardians.” Once installed in the tree canopy, Guardians gather the sounds of the forest and alert rangers on the ground when threats are detected. Through a partnership with Hitachi Vantara, data analytics technology is being developed to help detect anomalies that signal when illegal logging is about to happen, allowing for quicker reaction time before it’s too late.

Before a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound? 

The rainforest has its own soundscape: a baseline bio-acoustic signature of  animals, insects and vegetation. When human pressure disrupts the forest, the soundscape is disrupted with it.

Now playing: Bio-acoustic rainforest stream

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Before a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound? 

The rainforest has its own soundscape: a baseline bio-acoustic signature of  animals, insects and vegetation. When human pressure disrupts the forest, the soundscape is disrupted with it.

With advance warning of logging activities, our partners on the ground will be able to take appropriate action faster, and potentially save more trees and animals.”

Topher White

Founder & Board Member,
Rainforest Connection

Identifying anomalies through deep learning

Rainforest Connection and Hitachi Vantara are working together to develop algorithms via a breakthrough form of artificial intelligence known as “deep learning” that leverages the rainforest’s own baseline eco-acoustic data to identify anomalies. Listening and comparing the “normal” vs. “anomalous” acoustic signatures, Guardians would then be able to detect and flag changes in the rainforest’s symphony indicative of logging activity.  

358,000 acres

of land monitored

47 million

minutes of audio collected

22 countries

of operation

37 reserves

protected by guardians

IMPACT

Hitachi Vantara + Rainforest Connection

This year will mark three years of partnership between Hitachi Vantara and Rainforest Connection. We are proud to share the common ideal of social responsibility to the environment. 

IMPACT

Hitachi Vantara + Rainforest Connection

This year will mark three years of partnership between Hitachi Vantara and Rainforest Connection. We are proud to share the common ideal of social responsibility to the environment. 

The rainforest of Sumatra and Silicon Valley may be separated by thousands of miles, but data is the bridge between us, and has to be the foundation for solving some of our planet’s biggest challenges.”

Gajen Kandiah,

Chief Executive Officer, Hitachi Vantara

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For the Data-Driven.

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