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

Empowering Women in the Caribbean to Monitor Mangrove Forests and Acquire Leadership Skills

Empowering women in scientific and technological areas is one of the SERVIR-Amazonia Program's cross-cutting themes. To this end, a new workshop was held last August on the “Empowerment Women in Mangrove Forest Monitoring and Leadership”, hosted by the Alliance of...

SERVIR-Amazonia boosts careers in geospatial and environmental technology for professional women in Latin America and the Caribbean

Continuing their efforts to promote the inclusion of more women in science and to strengthen their network of female professionals, the Arizona State University (ASU) Knowledge Exchange for Resilience Program and SERVIR-Amazonia, held a "Train the Trainers: Empowering...

Empowering Women through Geotechnology Training Event

Between April 11th and 13th, 2023, Júlia Niero and Heidi Buzato, from Imaflora, in partnership with Queren Luna from SIGMA/SEMAPI, conducted an online training event called "Empowering women through Geotechnology", which was designed by women and offered exclusively...

Indigenous people in South America are twice as likely to suffer severe consequences from fires

A new study, published in IOP Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Health, reveals that Indigenous people in the Amazon Basin are twice as likely to die prematurely from smoke exposure due to wildfires than the broader South American population. Regions in...

“We can encourage women to use geospatial services to take care after their territories”: SERVIR-Amazonia gender advisor, before UN commission

On March 16, 2023, during the 67th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which focused on the inclusion of women in innovation and technology, the gender advisor to the SERVIR-Amazonia Program, Marina Irigoyen, participated with a lecture on...

Women from the Brazilian Amazon learn to use geospatial tools to protect the forest and improve agroforestry production

By Heidi Buzato, Celma de Oliveira, Giulia Andrich and Natalia Molina. In the São Félix do Xingu municipality in the Brazilian Amazon, there is an association managed by women (AMPPF) that uses family labor to produce fruit pulp and cocoa from their agro-forests,...

The women who work with geospatial technology to tackle climate change and protect biodiversity in the Amazon

According to recent UN data, women still represent only 28% of graduates globally in engineering and 40% in information technology and computing. This means a significant gender gap in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) exists, with only...

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.

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