Raigarh Incorporates Blockchain to Monitor Industrial CSR Tree Plantation
Partners with NEAR Protocol and Airchains to monitor industrial CSR tree plantation initiatives with a blockchain-based monitoring system
RAIGARH, India, 31 May 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Raigarh District Administration has launched a sustainable Blockchain-based monitoring system for tracking industrial corporate social responsibility (CSR) plantation activities in the city. Exploits NEAR protocolits fast and affordable operational platform and the innovative technological offerings of Air chainsa pioneering blockchain-based middleware SaaS solution, the administration is determined to make significant improvements to the tree plantation mechanism to enable transparency, traceability and accountability within the sector and restore the lost greenery.
Raigarh as a district is home to several industries including steel, power and cement, among others. These industries have been actively engaged in CSR activities, including plantations, to contribute to the local community and the environment. However, ensuring that industries comply with their obligations and monitoring the progress of plantation activities is a daunting task for the district administrations. The administration also faces a significant challenge in verifying the accuracy of the reports shared by industries outlining their tree plantations and CSR initiatives that require serious capital and manpower.
Leveraging blockchain technology that has increasingly penetrated various sectors due to its secure, transparent and immutable nature provides the perfect solution. The blockchain-based monitoring system, developed by Airchains, is focused on providing accurate, immutable, verifiable and real-time information to the stakeholders of the project along with ensuring that the listed industries comply with the regulations related to the plantation sector. Over 50 industries have been incorporated in the commitment with over 3,358 trees planted over 94,945 sq ft so far.
“The initiative to incorporate blockchain technology to enable a traceable and verified system for our industrial CSR efforts is a step forward towards a greener tomorrow. The key issues in the sector can be soothed with the use of this immutable technology designed to reduce inefficiencies and capital consumption by offer an automated and accurate alternative By enabling real-time data monitoring and access to the public and any stakeholders, we promote transparency in otherwise opaque administrative processes to the public,” Shri Abinash MishraIAS, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer, Raigarh Chhattisgarh added.
The system provides various features including a unique Tree Aadhaar for easy tracking and data storage, dashboard login for district administration and listed industries, and the latest plantation data covering comprehensive aspects like type, location, time, date, number of trees planted. In addition, the platform has a smooth user interface designed for listed industries to easily feed information into the system and tracks the real-time Air Quality Index (AQI) that is available to all visitors to depict the direct impact of these afforestation efforts for public and stakeholder consumption.
“We are honored to partner with the Raigarh District Administration to meet their sustainability and CSR goals. Through this system, they have established a pioneering precedence in establishing transparency and traceability of the CSR initiatives in the district and are leading with their technological adoption. We believe that this system will set a new standard for sustainable forest management and inspire other authorities and organizations to adopt similar initiatives.” Ankur Rakhi Sinhaco-founder and CEO, Airchains
“We are delighted to partner with the Raigarh District Administration to empower sustainable development through blockchain technology. As a public actor at the forefront of innovation for the public good, they are leading the India and we are pleased to be a positive catalyst for their initiative with our solution,” said Arpit SharmaCEO, India, SEE Asiaand Middle East.
The unique project has two phases of implementation, with the first phase including induction of industries, verification of data related to their tree plantation activities, generation of a unique Tree Aadhaar for each tree and monitoring of its maintenance. The second phase aims to monitor the effectiveness of this system for better future planning and geographic assessment. Along with that, the system will further monitor the carbon footprint or lack thereof, to provide opportunities for the district administration to utilize carbon credits.
About the NEAR Foundation
The Near Foundation is a Swiss non-profit that supports the ongoing growth and development of the Near Protocol, a high-performance carbon-neutral blockchain designed to be super-fast, scalable and incredibly secure. Near is built by an award-winning team of engineers and entrepreneurs to be easy to use, inclusive and good for the environment.
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Airchains is a web3 middleware SaaS product that allows users to deploy, build and scale their blockchains. The company provides tools to build the blockchain to power its own networks and tools to build dApps and NFTs on top of it, enabling developers, enterprises and institutions to improve network security and performance, have integrated tools and APIs, and perform smart contract audit. They are one-stop solutions that allow users to perform deployment and administration in a simple way.
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