More than 30 organizations from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, the United States, France and Peru are working to connect people and organizations throughout the Amazon Basin. Together we collect and share information to understand Amazon fish migration and the environmental factors that influence them.

 

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Photo: Walter Wust
Photo: Walter Wust

> AMAZON BASIN

The largest freshwater system in the world. The Amazon Basin is totally interconnected by the rivers and by the fish that run through them.

 

 

7.2 million km2

 

> RIVERS

Critical for people’s livelihoods in the Amazon. Rivers  connect people, communities and cities. They provide people with water and food and form the basis of many Amazonian cultures and traditions. 

 

The Amazon River is the longest (7062 km) and most voluminous in the world

 

> FISHES

Main source of protein and income for millions of people in the Amazon Basin. Migratory fish represent around 80% of the commercial catch.

 

+2400 species described

 

> PEOPLE

The Amazon basin is home to approximately 33 million people among which are 384 different indigenous groups, with an extensive traditional knowledge and great understanding of nature.

 

+30 million people

Foto: Diego Pérez/WCS
Foto: Diego Pérez/WCS
Photo: Diego Pérez/WCS
Photo: Diego Pérez/WCS

Where and when do fish migrate in the Amazon Basin and what environmental factors influence these migrations? We need a lot of information to answer these questions. For this we are developing solutions:

 

Ictio  is a mobile application and integrated database on migratory fish in the Amazon, built collaboratively with local and indigenous populations, fisher management groups and partners of the Citizen Science for the Amazon network

 

FieldKit is a monitoring tool that consists of a modular set of water level and quality sensors, weather stations, and mobile and web-based platform for collecting, managing and disseminating data.


Photo: Diego Pérez/WCS
Photo: Diego Pérez/WCS

Amazon scale

[THE CHALLENGE]

Understand how processes that occur at an Amazon Basin scale function in order

to conserve their integrity.    

 

Science

[THE QUESTION]

 Where and when do fish migrate in the Amazon Basin and what

environmental factors influence these migrations?

 

Conservation 

[THE OBJECTIVE]

 Knowledge and empowered citizens contribute to the conservation and sustainable management

of Amazon Basin. They inform good decision making with scientific evidence. 

 

Technology 

[THE TOOLS]

 Develop and adapt innovative, user-friendly, and low-cost technology to collect and share

information about the fish and rivers in the Amazon Basin.

 

Respetc 

[THE VALUE]

 Value local knowledge, respect people’s rights, and national sovereignty.

Open, secure, and easily-accessible information.

  

Collaboration 

[THE KEY]

Promote collaboration between citizens, scientists, and organizations,

in different moments and spaces in the Amazon.

 

Photo: Julio Araujo/CINCIA
Photo: Julio Araujo/CINCIA

Responsible for designing a proposal for the network’s governance during 2019    

 

Mamirauá Institute VANESSA EYNG y MARÍA CECILIA GOMES

Sinchi Institute CÉSAR BONILLA

Pronaturaleza OSCAR RADA

Cornell Lab Ornitología CHRIS WOOD y CULLEN HANKS

Florida International University ELIZABETH ANDERSON

 Wildlife Conservation Society MARIANA VARESE