SERVIR-Amazonia is led by internationally recognized institutions that have a strong record of accomplishment in applying science-based solutions to development problems. This initial list of Consortium partners is expected to grow fast.
CIAT brings a robust set of core competencies in the thematic priority areas for SERVIR Amazonia: Through its research area on Agroecosystems and Sustainable Landscapes, the Center positions itself as a provider of evidence on systems resilience approaches, resource-use efficiency, social equity, and local livelihoods. CIAT also leads the global Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) which identifies and addresses the most important interactions, synergies and trade-offs between climate change and agriculture. Finally CIAT has developed regional expertise in a range of geospatial technologies within SERVIR thematic areas, including: Near real-time forecast monitoring systems that leverage machine learning to identify habitat loss, climate suitability models for planning climate resilient landscapes, geospatial scenario analysis to assist with water-related conflict resolution or ecosystem service evaluations that integrate soil carbon, biodiversity, and water budgets.
CIAT is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future, carried out by the 15 centers.
SIG, a US-based environmental think tank, established in 1998, brings together scientists with expertise in geospatial analysis, environmental and socio economic 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.
SIG is currently a Consortium Hub partner in SERVIR Mekong and maintains a University network consisting of the University of San Francisco, the University of Vermont, the University of Hawaii, the University of California and the University of Colorado. As part of the Consortium founding process, SIG began the development of a long-term MOU with its sister, the University Javeriana, based in Cali, Colombia. SIG will share its experience and approach in natural resource mapping, tool development, geospatial analytics, and decision support in person with government decision-makers and key civil society groups from the Amazonia region. Also, SIG’s Information Technology team can provide support for a range of data management, storage, and web-distribution needs for the life of the program.
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. A member of multiple Amazon- related alliances, ACCA works with the Amazon Conservation Association-ACA in Washington DC and with the Bolivian Association for Research and Conservation of Andean-Amazonian Ecosystems-ACEEA in Bolivia. ACCA’s intervention strategy is established along four following programmatic lines: 1) Science and Education, as a way to generate information and transfer it to decision makers; 2) Habitat Protection, identifying areas of high ecological and social value for conservation; 3) Sustainable Livelihoods, with profitable initiatives based on the sustainable use of natural resources to improve the quality of life of rural residents and indigenous communities; and 4) Identification of Threats and Advancing Solutions, in which technology, research and political action play an important role.
Currently, ACCA focuses on satellite-based, near real-time deforestation monitoring, supporting the Peruvian government to improve political response to deforestation information. The Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) is dedicated to monitoring Amazonian deforestation in near real-time using the latest satellite technology. MAAP was launched in 2015 with NASA Applied sciences funding. MAAP has published over 90 high-impact public reports (and an additional 50 confidential reports for government agencies).
Additional activities include promoting a regional system of conservation areas in Cusco and implementing local initiatives for natural resources management in critical deforestation hotspots in Madre de Dios. Our approach is based on scientific research, with a fundamental axis of technology, biological stations and field work in the Amazonian Andes.
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. Its work also focuses on climate-resilient agriculture and forestry to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change. IMAFLORA’s agricultural and forest area mapping aims to understand the impact of rural economic activity and land use on livelihoods and the environment. IMAFLORA orients ecosystem management towards compliance with sustainable commodity supply chains, building tracking systems for the private sector and consumers to better understand the impacts of their actions on the environment. The tracking systems are part of environmental certification programs, efforts that are complementary to SERVIR-Amazonia’s potential for bringing remote-sensing to ground-based efforts to monitor human activity.Dating back to the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992), IMAFLORA has worked to promote Open Government principles, seeking to influence the construction of forest, agricultural and climate policies according to principles of open government – transparency in decisions and accountability to society, participation and social control policies, and the use of technologies that facilitate the fulfillment of these goals.