Indigenous people with a map


SERVIR Amazonia, an initiative of USAID and NASA, addresses environmental and development challenges across the Amazon Basin using state-of-the-art geospatial technologies. The ultimate goal is to improve local capacity to harness satellite data and geospatial information to foster sustainable natural resource management throughout the Amazon. 

For this purpose, SERVIR Amazonia empowers actors across the region to track environmental changes in near real-time, evaluate climatic threats, etc., in four thematic areas: Drought and Fire Risk, Water & Water Related Disasters, Weather and Climate, and Land Cover, Land Use Change & Ecosystems.  

Implementer: The SERVIR Amazonia Program is implemented by a consortium led by the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). Other members include:

  • Institute of Agricultural and Forest Management and Certification (Imaflora) in Brazil 
  • Conservación Amazónica (ACCA) in Peru
  • Fundación EcoCiencia in Ecuador
  • Spatial Informatics Group (SIG) in the United States

The consortium members work through their networks to increase the quality, access, and use of geospatial information at the regional level. Services are developed in collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including Indigenous communities, women, and other marginalized groups.

Countries: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname

More about the implementing partners

The Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT, based in Cali, Colombia, addresses development needs through research and international partnerships. The Alliance delivers research-based solutions that harness agricultural biodiversity and sustainably transform food systems to improve people’s lives. With novel partnerships, the Alliance generates evidence and mainstreams innovations to transform landscapes so that they sustain the planet, drive prosperity, and nourish people.

The Spatial Informatics Group - SIG, a U.S.-based environmental think tank, brings together scientists with expertise in geospatial analysis, environmental, and socioeconomic sciences. SIG’s goal is to help stakeholders make informed management, land use, and policy decisions by converting spatial data into knowledge that they can use in a world with ever-changing environmental conditions. The think tank provides a wide range of geospatial expertise in areas such as ecology, forestry, wildfire risk and hazard management, environmental economics, urban and regional planning, natural resources, water resource management and ecosystem functions.

Conservacion Amazonica - ACCA, is a Peruvian non-profit organization that has been an innovative leader in Amazonian conservation, research, and biodiversity management initiatives since 1999. Its mission is to protect the most diverse landscapes on the planet, train the next generation of conservationists, and strengthen sustainable livelihoods. ACCA is headquartered in Lima and has regional offices in Madre de Dios and Cusco. It operates three world-class biological research stations that offer a unique altitudinal gradient from cloud forest to foothills to lowland Amazon plain. 

The Institute for Forest and Agriculture Management and Certification - IMAFLORA,  is a non-profit, non-governmental Brazilian organization created in 1995 to promote the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and to generate social benefits in the forestry and agricultural sectors. Its work focuses on ecosystem management and biodiversity protection through analysis of how human activities impact on ecosystem services. Imaflora provides a wide range of environmental expertise to support local sustainable development policies in communities and protected areas and its work focuses on climate-resilient agriculture and forestry to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change. 

Fundación EcoCiencia  - ECOCIENCIA, is an Ecuadorian, private and non-profit scientific entity, founded with the aim of generating high-quality information for making the best decisions in favor of biodiversity conservation and the welfare of the population. EcoCiencia supports, shares and works through alliances with local sectional governments, municipalities, provincial councils, local NGOs and community or grassroots organizations, in search of solutions to the socio-environmental problems of Ecuador.

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