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All Eyes on the Amazon

  • All Eyes on the Amazon

    We support indigenous people and local communities in their fight against deforestation. The All Eyes on the Amazon program combines state-of-the-art-technology, like satellites and drones, with local knowledge to detect and record deforestation, pollution and human rights violations, and eventually end them.

    Why we should protect the Amazon

    Rainforests provide us with oxygen and fresh water, store greenhouse gases and help keep the planet cool. Over 150 million indigenous people worldwide are dependent on the forests where they have lived for centuries. In the Amazon rainforest humans and environment are under pressure as never before. The hunt for natural resources such as timber, oil, minerals and expanding soy plantations for livestock production are an enormous threat to our planet.

    Indigenous people and local communities living in the Amazon are the guardians of the forest. They play a crucial role in ending the destruction of the rainforest and protecting it sustainably. But they are also on the frontlines, facing powerful agricultural, mining and logging industries often engaged in illegal activities on their territories that attack and even kill them.

    How we support indigenous communities

    Together with indigenous people and local communities, All Eyes on the Amazon gathers information about the destruction of the forest. We analyze satellite images, record deforestation, and detect pollution and rights violations with drones and smartphones. This helps us map the territory as well as store and present the information safely and effectively. We make full use of technological solutions and local knowledge to help defend the interests of indigenous peoples. We also strategically employ all information and evidence gathered to bring structural change through lobby and awareness campaigns, and law enforcement.

    Where

    All eyes on the Amazon works in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. In each country we have selected three areas. In total 8 million hectare (80,000 km2) of Amazon rainforest will be protected.

    Map showing where we support indigenous communities in the fight to protect the Amazon.

    Results so far

    The program has made a final selection of nine locations based on a set of technical and financial criteria: three each in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru – altogether almost 8 million hectares (80,000 km2). The implementation phase is now starting with the program’s 11 coalition partners and 15 local organizations. Training, monitoring, and other needs have now been identified in meetings with indigenous communities in the selected locations. The first monitoring teams within the local communities are being trained to use and produce video as evidence in defending their rights and territories against external threats. They are also learning to use improved database management for environmental monitoring.

    Period and budget

    2017-2020, €14.8 million contribution from the Dutch National Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund

    Initiators

    Hivos and Greenpeace

    Coalition partners

    COICA, International Institute of Social Studies, Digital Democracy, World Resources Institute, University of Maryland, INTERPOL, Both ENDS, Witness and ARTICLE 19