Conservation International’s Climate Smart Shrimp program is utilizing a rapid assessment tool that leverages machine learning and earth observation data to identify and classify aquaculture farms in Indonesia and the Philippines.

The Climate Smart Shrimp Fund, a 2022 Lab instrument, provides loan packages and technical assistance to shrimp farmers transitioning to more sustainable and efficient production systems while simultaneously restoring mangrove ecosystems.

As discussed in a recent blog by Climate Change AI,  the site assessment tool was developed by Conservation International with the support of industry experts across the world from Arizona State University, Konservasi Indonesia, and Thinking Machines. Researchers have created a web-map tool to analyze the potential suitability of aquaculture sites, making it easier to identify candidates to restore mangroves and increase forest cover, while intensifying shrimp aquaculture.