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 committed 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 indigenous 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 committed to achieve greater inclusion, capacity, recruitment, 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

Potential use of TerraOnTrack by indigenous women of the Origens Brasil® network

Indigenous women and women of isolated rural communities express interest in using geospatial technology to protect community forests in the Brazilian Amazon

Geospatial services and gender dynamics: Findings of a study

The study, now available in full text in Spanish, 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.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: A celebration of new talented professionals at SERVIR-Amazonia

Peeping inside the problems behind the pixels and helping to solve them. On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we celebrate the new talented professionals at SERVIR-Amazonia.

Not too late for goodbyes

For SERVIR-Amazonia, the support from this group of dedicated and highly skilled professionals led by Anthony Panella has been a game changer. We have been able to apply lessons learnt from past SERVIR experiences since the early stages of our Program, mainly in the area of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Communications and  Knowledge Management.

Arizona State University and SERVIR-Amazonia, allies of women professionals in Geospatial Information Systems – GIS

The alliance between Arizona State University (ASU) and SERVIR-Amazonia is intended for professional women in GIS to strengthen their capacities and become multiplier agents who apply what they have learned in their own projects.

Safeguard ecosystem services in the Southwestern Amazon, the motivation that drives Stephanie Spera’s Applied Science Team

  When Stephanie Spera talks about her work with the Applied Science Team that she is leading on “Quantifying the Effects of Forest Changes on Provisioning and Regulating Ecosystem Services” in the Southwestern Amazon, she mentions two motivations. The first,...

Tecnología geoespacial y pueblos indígenas: Experiencias compartidas en el Foro de Ciencia Ciudadana y Mapeo Participativo

Tres herramientas fueron presentadas - con sus respectivos procesos participativos - que buscan  aumentar la capacidad de pueblos indígenas para monitorear los cambios de uso de suelos y por ende, permitirles proteger sus territorios. Lo prometido es deuda, en este...

Women farmers and extractivists in the Amazon, what can a GIS tool add to their lives?

The women of Paraíso SDP are not able to know the exact size of their crop areas, as well as the environmental and conservation conditions of these areas, and an app using geospatial information could help them estimate the productive potential of different resources within the territory.

At a glance: SERVIR-Amazonia’s special session at the Global Landscape Forum

In this session of the Global Landscape Forum GLF Amazonía: The Tipping Point, SERVIR-Amazonia and partners explored how advancements in geospatial and Earth Observation technology are enhancing forest monitoring, disaster forecasting and evidence-based decision-making in the Amazon biome.

Don’t Miss the Conversation on the Perspectives of Indigenous Women of the Amazon

We will have a dialogue between five women leaders about how, from their role and identity as indigenous women, they have managed to face limitations, face their traditions and become leaders of indigenous organizations.

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