About RAISG

Aimed at the socio-environmental sustainability of the Amazon.

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Amazon Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information

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What is RAISG?

The Amazon Network of Georeferenced Socio-Environmental Information is a consortium of civil society organizations from the Amazon countries, supported by international partners, concerned with the socio-environmental sustainability of Amazonia.
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What does RAISG do?

RAISG produces and disseminates knowledge, statistical data and geospatial socio-environmental information on Amazonia developed through protocols common to all the countries of the region. RAISG enables a view of Amazonia as a whole, including the threats and pressures the region faces. RAISG produces the most comprehensive socio-environmental intelligence reports on Amazonia so that the region can be better understood, appreciated and looked after.
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There are narratives and maps that only those who know Amazonia inside out are able to pull together. Click and watch.

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Why does RAISG do what it does?

Because RAISG believes that…

  • Amazonia is a single organism, shared by eight countries and an overseas region of France, that benefits all the inhabitants of this planet.
  • The Amazon region boasts an enormous socio-environmental diversity and is a strategic heritage for both tropical South America and the climate balance of the Earth.
  • The Amazon environment needs to be understood and planned in an integrated, transboundary and holistic manner so as to maintain the important socio-environmental services that the Amazon region provides to humanity.
  • Protagonists living and acting in Amazonia have differing interests that need to be made compatible.
  • Differing visions for the future of Amazonia reflect a clash of paradigms, in which information and understanding capable of acting in favour of sustainable public policies are essential.
  • Indigenous territories and natural protected areas cover more than 40 percent of the Amazon region and play a vital role in the socio-environmental services Amazonia supplies to the planet.
  • We need to supersede fragmented approaches and support integrated local, national and transboundary initiatives and processes that strengthen indigenous territories, natural protected areas and Amazonia as a whole.

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How does RAISG work?

RAISG acts as a collaborative organization for the exchange, linking and dissemination of knowledge and socio-environmental GIS data placed at the service of initiatives that make positive connections between the collective rights of local populations and the attribution of value to the socio-environmental diversity of Amazonia.

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Who is involved?

RAISG is the outcome of cooperation between eight civil society organizations from six Amazon countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.

FAN

Friends of Nature Foundation is a civil society non-profit organization with 27 years experience of activities for the conservation of Bolivia’s natural heritage. Using technical and scientific evidence we develop and implement innovative pathways for integrated sustainable development in line with our commitment to the conservation of Nature.

Imazon

Amazon Institute of People and Environment is a research institute whose mission is to promote sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon through research, support to the formulation of public policy, large scale dissemination of information and professional training.

ISA

Socio-environmental Institute is a Brazilian independent non-profit public interest civil society organization whose principal objective is the defence of social goods and rights, collective or diffuse, relating to the environment, cultural heritage, human rights and the rights of peoples. It was founded in 1994 with a mission to advocate integrated solutions to social and environmental problems.

FGA

Gaia Amazonas Foundation is a Colombian NGO that has been working since 1990 with indigenous communities and organizations in support of the exercise of their rights and for the conservation of the Amazon forest. The main lines of its actives include land-use planning, indigenous rights and legislation, intercultural health and education, cultural and linguistic support, and economic production projects.

EcoCiencia

Ecuadorian Foundation for Ecological Studies is a private scientific non-profit organization that for over 25 years has been dedicated to generating high quality information for sustainable resource management and decision making in association with governments, community organizations and local NGOs in support of biodiversity conservation and human well-being.

IBC

Institute for the Common Good is a Peruvian non-profit civil association, founded in 1998 and whose primary concern is with the improved management of common goods. The main objective of IBC is to produce and disseminate theoretical and practical knowledge on the different forms of ownership and management of common goods and spaces in Peru.

Provita

Provita is a Venezuelan non-profit civil association founded in 1987 and dedicated to environmental conservation in its broadest sense, bringing together different areas of knowledge in the search for integrated solutions. Its organizational approach explicitly includes human communities as it considers people to be a source of solutions and an environmental challenge.

Wataniba

The Social-environmental work group for the Amazon – Wataniba was created in 2005 to promote and defend Indigenous People’s rights in the Venezuelan Amazon. Promotes sustainable land management processes while strengthening their identity and technical abilities. Wataniba designs together with the indigenous peoples public policies aligned with the social and environmental rights widely recognized in the Venezuelan legal frame.

“The Amazon River is 6,400 km long and the Amazon Basin is 7 million square kilometers.” Socio-environmental Almanac, 2008
“The Amazon is a land of great environmental diversity in a process of accelerated change.” Amazon Under Pressure (2012)
“Despite the regional trend of deforestation reduction, some countries have accelerated the loss of their Amazon forests.” Deforestation in the Amazon (1970-2013)

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