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Breaking Ground: The Big Wild’s NECO Project – Unleashing Innovation for Environmental Impact

In an era defined by technological advancements, where Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping landscapes, The Big Wild emerges as a force driving positive change. ConnectAID proudly showcases the extraordinary work of its NGO Member The Big Wild, a nonprofit organization committed to harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence and specialized in integration of Geospatial data, making it accessible to all, for environmental conservation and sustainable development.

ConnectAID proudly nominates The Big Wild and its NECO project for the 2023 AGFUND Prince Talal Prize for Human Development, 3rd category award.
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A Pioneer’s Journey:

Founded in the USA in early 2021, The Big Wild, under the leadership of Alayna Van Dervort, has swiftly become a trailblazer in utilizing technology for the greater good. The organization’s commitment to meaningful impact is evident in its innovative initiatives aimed at tackling pressing environmental issues.

Introducing NECO – Wetland Builders App:

One standout project from The Big Wild’s repertoire is the NECO project, a Wetland Builders app that is redefining the way we approach Agricultural farming, food scarcity, sustainable water usage & environmental conservation. This groundbreaking initiative caught our attention at ConnectAID due to its comprehensive approach, blending AI technologies, real-time geospatial data integration, and active community involvement.

NECO is designed to address several critical needs and issues. It tackles the pressing concern of climate change by harnessing wetlands’ natural carbon sequestration capabilities. It also addresses the need for enhanced food production, water & biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture practices.

NECO is designed to address several critical needs and issues. It tackles the pressing concern of climate change by harnessing wetlands’ natural carbon sequestration capabilities. It also addresses the need for enhanced biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture practices.

NECO aims to empower landowners, particularly in the global south, with tools and knowledge to create wetlands, thereby contributing to water purification, biodiversity support, and improved soil health. Additionally, the project addresses the demand for accessible and comprehensive guidance in wetland construction, enabling individuals, supporting women and communities to engage in climate-positive actions and sustainable land management.

Overall, NECO is a multifaceted solution addressing environmental, agricultural, gender equality and educational needs while fostering climate resilience and positive ecological impact.

Unlocking Potential in Africa:

ConnectAID, having forged a longstanding partnership with The Big Wild, sees immense promise in the NECO project, particularly in the context of empowering communities in Africa. As AI continues to reshape global landscapes, ensuring that African nations are integral to this transformative journey is paramount.

The NECO project addresses critical environmental challenges, from climate change to biodiversity conservation and sustainable land management. Focusing on wetland construction, the initiative contributes not only to carbon sequestration but also supports water purification, soil health enhancement, and biodiversity protection.

Inclusivity and Empowerment:

What sets The Big Wild apart is its unwavering dedication to gender equality and inclusivity in both the tech and environmental sectors. With a female founder and a diverse team comprising women engineers, marketing developers, and content creators, the organization is championing diversity and setting a benchmark for the industry.


Aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

The NECO project seamlessly aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, notably Goal 15: Life on Land. By actively contributing to land restoration, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable agriculture, NECO stands as a testament to the power of innovation in driving positive change.


Join the Movement:

ConnectAID extends an invitation to stakeholders, partners, and supporters to join us in amplifying the impact of The Big Wild’s NECO project. Together, we can foster a future where technology serves as a catalyst for positive change in every corner of the world.

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