The Regional SDSN for the Amazon is hosted by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) in Manaus, Brazil. FAS is perfectly placed as the Regional SDSN in the Amazon, since its mission is to promote sustainability, environmental conservation, and improvement in the quality of life of communities living in the State of Amazonas.
SDSN Amazonia will be co-chaired by Virgilio Viana (Director General of Amazonas Sustainable Foundation) and Emma Torres (Senior Sustainable Advisor of United Nations Development Program).
The network will develop the following projects:
Promote Solution Initiatives for sustainable development in the region: SDSN Amazon will identify and promote practical Solution Initiatives involving emerging technologies, business models, institutional mechanisms, and/or policies that are either proven or promising projects yet to be developed. These initiatives aim to have a transformative impact on sustainable development.
Build a web-based platform to share knowledge about solutions for Amazon: This solution builds on an existing FAS project in collaboration with Google. The goal is to create an open access platform using a GIS tool that allows information sharing on geo-located solutions located in a Google map of the Amazon region. Input of solution cases will go through a set of criteria in accordance with SDSN guidelines. This initiative will result in an open access platform for sustainable development solutions for the Amazon.
This platform will gather best practices and expertise generated by the scientific and academic research institutions at country and regional levels.
For more information about the network, visit sdsn-amazonia.org.