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Technology Meets Policy In The Amazon

March 25, 2020 | 12:15 PM | Washington D.C. | Brasília | Online


Webinar: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

12:15pm Washington D.C.
1:15pm Brasilia

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Since 2001, the Amazon has lost 65.8 million acres (26.6 million hectares) of primary forest, an area equivalent to the size of the United Kingdom (or the U.S. state of Colorado). Whether it be expansion of agricultural frontier, illegal logging, land grabbing, climate change or infrastructure projects, the deforestation trends in the Amazon are a global concern. Join this webinar to hear about MAAP, an initiative of Amazon Conservation (ACCA), that specializes in satellite-based, real-time deforestation monitoring of the Amazon and find out about their recent 2019 synthesis report on Amazon Deforestation Trends and Hotspots. The presentation includes a review of both the cutting-edge technology, namely satellites and drones, and efforts to link these technologies to effective policy action, including law enforcement at the national level as well as legal action at the regional level.

This BBL is a joint effort between the GEF Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) program ASL is funded by the GEF as an impact program to protect globally significant biodiversity and implement policies to foster sustainable land use and restoration of native vegetation cover.




Adriana Gonçalves Moreira, PhD – Program Manager, ASL, The World Bank Group


John Beavers – Executive Director of Amazon Conservation

Dr. Matt Finer – Senior Research Specialist & Director of MAAP


Enrique Ortiz – Senior Program Director, Andes Amazon Fund



Adriana Gonçalves Moreira, PhD, Program Manager, ASL, The World Bank Group

A Brazilian national, Dr. Moreira is an expert in biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability. She has worked extensively on sustainable development and climate change, leading a series of large environmental and rural development projects in Latin America for more than 20 years.  She currently manages the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program (ASL). She has received the Chico Mendes Florestania Prize and the Pirelli International Award for her work on conservation and sustainable development of the Amazon region.  Her work with the Amazon Region Protected Areas Program (ARPA) received the U. S. Department of the Treasury’s inaugural “Development Impact Honors” award.  She holds a PhD in Ecology from Harvard University and a Masters in Botany from Campinas State University in Brazil.


John Beavers, Executive Director of ACCA

John is responsible for its overall leadership and management of Amazon Conservation. He has spent his career focused on conservation in Latin America ranging from on-the-ground conservation in the Maya Forest of Guatemala, Belize and Mexico to strengthening conservation organizations across Latin America. John has a Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Natural Resource Economics and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.


Dr. Matt Finer, Senior Research Specialist & Director of MAAP

In 2015, Dr. Finer led the creation and launch of the real-time deforestation monitoring system known as MAAP (Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project), which he currently serves as Director. He received his Ph.D. from Washington State University (School of Biological Sciences) in 2003 and has since subsequently been laser focused on Amazon conservation for the past 17 years, with a focus on deforestation threats.


Enrique Ortiz, Senior Program Director, Andes Amazon Fund

Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Enrique Ortiz is a tropical ecologist who conducts research on species and ecological systems in coastal areas, deserts, highlands, and tropical forests. He co-founded the Andes-Amazon Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Amazon Conservation Association.

For over a decade, Enrique has helped fund agencies that support conservation in the Andes-Amazon region. He worked for the Tropical Americas Program at the blue moon fund, serving as Senior Program Officer and Program Director. There, he worked alongside former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, and Dr. Adrian Forsyth to support domestic and international Amazon conservation groups. Enrique currently serves as a board member of the Amazon Conservation Association and President of the Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin (ACCA), a leading Peruvian NGO. For nine years, he also served as a board member of the National Protected Area Service (SERNANP), a division of the Peruvian Ministry of Environment. He holds degrees from San Marcos University and Princeton University.



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