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Technology in service of the rainforest

New technological developments make it possible to detect deforestation, record it and eventually stop it. We can collect, process, store, connect, analyse and visualise data at an enormous speed. The quality of satellite images has increased to the point of penetrating heavy cloud cover over the rainforest.

All Eyes on the Amazon makes full use of technological solutions help defend the interests of the indigenous peoples, be it in the form of evidence in a lawsuit or to get a convincing story out in the media. The images, maps and stories collected by local forest ranger teams are part of the power of this project.

However, Indigenous communities will decide how and when they share the information they collect, and with whom.

Global Forest Watch

Based on satellite images and advanced technology, deforestation is now visible to the whole world. In 2014, the World Resources Institute launched a revolutionary online platform that offers environmental organisations and conservationists an unprecedented insight into global deforestation: Global Forest Watch.

Global Forest Watch is used by NGOs, governments, businesses, journalists and scientists who want to monitor forests. The platform is interactive: users can compose their own maps or download data about their area. They receive notifications almost in real time as soon as the platform detects deforestation.

This global platform plays a major role in All Eyes on the Amazon. It provides the radical transparency we need to see when and where forest is disappearing or intruders are constructing a road in the Amazon, and can send a notification to local communities and forest ranger teams so they can take action immediately.

Indigenous drones

Smartphones and tablets are no longer a novelty in Amazon rainforest villages, especially not for the younger generations who are familiar with them. This offers unprecedented possibilities to record human rights violations and the destruction of the rainforest.

All Eyes on the Amazon supports local communities in forming teams of forest rangers who can employ these instruments effectively. The teams learn how to make land maps, analyse images from satellites and drones, read GPS-coordinates and store the information they collect safely.

Drones in particular are important for forest rangers, who can mount high-tech cameras and sensors on them to gather a wealth of information. Scientists from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) will provide support to the rangers, from repairing broken drones to solving bugs in the software.