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Strengthening Critical Indigenous-led Mapping and Real-time Monitoring of Upper Amazon

Organization Amazon Frontlines
Realm Southern America

The Project Marketplace is organized by the major terrestrial realms divided into 14 biogeographical regions – N. America, Subarctic America, C. America, S. America, Afrotropics, Indomalaya, Australasia, Oceania, Antarctica, and the Palearctic realm, which coincides with Eurasia and is divided into Subarctic, Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern regions.

Category Nature Conservation

There are five main project categories: Energy Transition focuses on renewable energy access and energy efficiency. Nature Conservation includes wildlife habitat protection and ecosystem restoration, as well as Indigenous land rights. Regenerative Agriculture supports farmers, ranchers and community agriculture. Climate Change covers global science efforts, climate adaptation, and social justice work.

Status ongoing

Seed indicates an early stage project that needs some level of support to develop into a larger funding proposal. Ongoing indicates any project that needs core programmatic funding. Urgent indicates a short-term project initiated in response to a natural disaster or other impending risk.

Funding Level $$$

$$$ indicates a project between $250,000-$1 million.

Timeframe N/A

This project will support Indigenous led mapping and real-time monitoring in the Upper Amazon. Indigenous lands of the Western Amazon have been invaded, degraded, polluted and pillaged for decades, leading dramatic consequences on Indigenous health and livelihoods, biodiversity and the global climate. Our battle-tested model of Indigenous-led mapping and monitoring enables Indigenous communities to detect, document, and deter logging, poaching, illegal mining and extractive industry contamination on their lands. 

We help design and test cutting-edge technologies and digital tools specifically tailored for Indigenous needs, and then provide communities with the training and support to effectively govern their lands. Evidence gathered Indigenous mapping and monitoring teams has proven to be critical in litigation, while territorial maps that visually demonstrate the importance of, and ancestral ownership over, Indigenous territories have aided land titling claims and generated global support for campaigns through their effectiveness as a storytelling platform.

The territorial mapping and monitoring process brings together elders, women and youth to document their collective experience in rainforest territories, placing importance on the historical and cultural significance of the forest, as well as documenting the daily use of forest resources. Our new model for territorial mapping and monitoring by and for Indigenous peoples across the Amazon combines Indigenous-led methodology with the empowering use of modern technologies -- such as mobile mapping, satellite deforestation alerts, GPS, ARCGIS, aerial drones, motion sensor camera traps, photo and video cameras, customized geographic- information-system software, and other cutting- edge digital web tools. 

At a time of ever-evolving, often complex threats to Indigenous lands, the effort involved in community mapping and monitoring – spending time in the forest to document threats, walking hunting trails and documenting wildlife and botanical life, visiting sacred waterfalls and the sites of historical battles – provides our partner Indigenous communities with the opportunity to collectively reflect on the importance of their territory, understand the nature of the threats facing it, and most importantly, strengthen their abilities to collectively decide about the future of their homelands. 

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