On September 18, 2020, the final stage of the 4-month incubation “1991 Open Data Incubator” took place, within the National Competition of IT projects based on open data “Open Data Challenge”.
One of the 5 finalists funded by the Open Data Forum (an annual all-Ukrainian event dedicated to the development and application of open data in Ukraine, organized by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine in partnership with the USAID / UK aid project “Transparency and Accountability in Public Management and Services / TAPAS”, Eastern Europe Foundation and 1991 Open Data Incubator) became a team of the consortium of Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU (Department of Space Information Technologies and Systems) and public organizations – “Government Monitoring Center”(Kyiv) and “Forest Initiatives and Society – LIiS – ForestCom”(Lviv).
The Deep Green Ukraine team won the largest amount of funding in the forum history – UAH 1.4 million for the implementation of a system for monitoring the presence of illegal deforestation based on open data from the State Agency of Forest Resources of Ukraine, the State Land Cadastre and satellite data.
The project was created to preserve forests and, in particular, aims to improve the quality of Sustainable Development Goals – SDG-15 “Life on Land”. The methodology for creating a monitoring system has been developed within the framework of international projects, such as: World Bank “Supporting Transparent Land Governance in Ukraine” and “SMURBS ERA-PLANET” (EU research and innovation programs “Horizon 2020»).