Geopolitics of Conservation

Fundação Vitória Amazônica
Published: 15 October 2020
Last edited: 02 November 2020
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The mission of the Geopolitics of Conservation program is to generate, systematise and make available relevant knowledge to influence public policies and support decision making processes relating to territorial management in the Amazon. We seek to identify, map, monitor and analyse patterns of use and distribution of natural resources, land-use change processes, and socio-environmental risks associated with landscapes, biodiversity, and traditional and indigenous populations. Special focus is given to understanding the impacts of political-territorial processes on communities, biodiversity and ecosystem services. The program works at multiple scales including river basins, protected areas, municipalities and other officially recognized territories such as the Lower Rio Negro Mosaic of Protected Areas and the Manaus Metropolitan Area (RMM).


South America
Scale of implementation
Forest ecosystems
Freshwater ecosystems
River, stream
Tropical evergreen forest
Access and benefit sharing
Ecosystem services
Legal & policy frameworks
Local actors
Protected and conserved areas governance
Protected and conserved areas management planning
Science and research
Land and Forest degradation
Ecosystem loss
Infrastructure development
Lack of public and decision maker’s awareness
Sustainable development goals
SDG 1 – No poverty
SDG 2 – Zero hunger
SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
SDG 5 – Gender equality
SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation
SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities
SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
SDG 13 – Climate action
SDG 15 – Life on land
SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions
Aichi targets
Target 1: Awareness of biodiversity increased
Target 2: Biodiversity values integrated
Target 3: Incentives reformed
Target 4: Sustainable production and consumption
Target 5: Habitat loss halved or reduced
Business engagement approach
Indirect through legal actors


Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil | Rio Negro River Basin


  • Development of analyses and studies in the areas of biology, geography, geoprocessing, among others, to support territorial management at different scales

  • Development of a geospatial monitoring system for decision making (SiMUR and Risk System)

  • Development of Protected Areas Management Plans (Jaú National Park, Aracá State Park, Rio Negro North State Park, amongst others

  • Social environmental studies to support public policies and sustainable development projects

  • Promotion and strengthening of networks, committees and councils for the improved participation of civil society organizations relevant to Amazonian territorial management (Mosaics of Protected Areas, Watershed Committees, State and Municipal Environment Councils, Conservation Units Councils, etc.)

  • Training and technical support for public managers.

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Matthew Koehorst Greenpop, IUCN Urban Alliance

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