Social Inclusion

SERVIR-Amazonia fosters opportunities for indigenous communities and women to participate in the design and implementation of demand-driven geospatial services.

SERVIR-Amazonia is comitted to increase the full potential of geospatial services and their benefits to the people and the environment of the Amazon by supporting communities in monitoring their territories and addressing the various challenges they face, such as deforestation, illegal mining, climate change, and biodiversity loss. In order to do so, it is important to have an inclusive vision that considers both the needs of local, often indigeneous communities, and women. These actions can improve local capacity in the use and exploitation of satellite data and geospatial information to facilitate, strengthen, and promote sustainable natural resource management throughout the Amazon.

SERVIR-Amazonia is also comitted to achieve greater inclusion, capacity, recruitement, and promotion of women GIS professionals in our partner organizations.


The social inclusion work at SERVIR-Amazonia aims to:

  1. Contribute to the empowerment of indigenous peoples and women by including their perspectives in the design and development of geospatial services and strengthen their capacity in the use of those services.
  2. Understand the potential gender dynamics of geospatial services in our 6 target countries and 4 thematic service areas 
  3. Strengthen the capacity of women GIS professionals in our partner organizations

Current activities

Women in GIS leadership program
Objective: engage early career women with interests in geospatial careers to build their capacity through technical and soft skills training.
Status: Launched in June. Read more and participate
Partner: Arizona State University

Regional gender community of practice
Objective: Address women’s rights issues using geospatial information, empower local communities to generate positive impacts of GIS technologies.
Status: Ongoing
Partners: SERVIR-Amazonia Hub partners; AGENT Program/IUCN 

Engagement with FENAMAD
Objective: Strengthen existing capacities to bolster and expand the monitoring and defense of several million hectares of indigenous territories in the Peruvian Amazon, including those of isolated indigenous peoples in their region.
Status: Ongoing
Partners: FENAMD, Conservación Amazónica (ACCA)

Case studies on gender inclusion in SERVIR-Amazonia’s geospatial services
Objective: Build evidence for gender integration, fill information gaps, and develop targeted resources and tools for gender integration in 3 services: Monitoring and Evaluation of Mangroves in Guyana; Monitoring of Gold Mining in the Peruvian Amazonia; Qualifying the effects of forest changes on provision and regulationof ecosystems services.
Status: Ongoing
Partner: IUCN

Gender study
Objective: Understand the potential gender dynamics of geospatial services in our 6 target countries and 4 thematic service areas
Status: completed. Read about the report

SERVIR-Amazonia has engaged its partners and stakeholders in discussions to build a regional community of practice oriented to address women’s rights issues using geospatial tools and information, as well as to improve/increase the positive impacts of GIS technologies in the local amazon populations. 

Marina Irigoyen, Gender Advisor


SERVIR-Amazonia is discussing opportunities with indigenous peoples organizations, specifically to respond to their needs of capacity building in geospatial technologies. This will allow them to monitor their ecosystems more efficiently, prevent illegal activities and respond to the threat of natural disasters.

Tomas Moore, Indigenous Peoples Advisor


News about our work on social inclusion

Discover the Leadership Vision of Women in Environment & Geospatial Fields

SERVIR-Amazonia and partners cordially invite you to attend a virtual webinar to discover the leadership vision of women in environment & geospatial fields.

Women and GIS – the key factors to successfully co-develop geospatial services

At SERVIR-Amazonia, women researchers are a key factor to advance the regional strategy; their knowledge builds up and helps finding new solutions to the problems faced in the way towards protecting natural resources in rural and indigenous communities of the Amazon basin.

Geospatial services and gender dynamics: Findings of a study

The study examines gender dynamics in the Amazon to ensure that development projects that use geospatial services are inclusive, reach and benefit women and men living in the Amazon.

FENAMAD seeks technical assistance from SERVIR-Amazonia to further improve indigenous territorial monitoring of environmental crime

The Madre de Dios Native Federation (FENAMAD) is the umbrella organization of the indigenous peoples of the Madre de Dios watershed in southeastern Peru. Recently, they are coordinating efforts with the Amazon Basin Conservation Association (ACCA) to monitor illegal gold mining in Madre de Dios, Peru in the framework of the development of an ongoing SERVIR-Amazonia service. 

Patricia Cota Gomes: The engineer with an indigenous soul

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SERVIR-Amazonia’s Africa Flores award-winning career recognized in “Breakthrough Women in Science” video

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