Terra-i wins the 2013 GeoSUR Award

Montevideo, Uruguay
Andrea Carvajal

Terra-i’s team of researchers, led by Louis Reymondin, has a new reason to celebrate. On Friday November 22nd in Montevideo, Uruguay, they received the 2013 GeoSUR Award during the Sixth Meeting of the Geospatial Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (GeoSUR). About 50 attendants were present during the awards ceremony, including managers and representatives of the official cartographic information centers of 21 Latin American countries.

From left to right, Eric van Praag, GeoSUR regional coordinator; Rigoberto Magaña, IPGH president; Claudia Ulloa, IPGH technical cooperation; Alejandro Coca, Terra-i team member; and Santiago Borrero, IPGH general secretary

GeoSUR is a network of institutions coordinated by the Development Bank of Latin America and the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (IPGH). It has recognized Terra-i for its contribution to the development of multi-purpose geospatial management for various countries of in Latin America.

Terra-i, a system for monitoring near real time natural habitat loss in Latin America, detects changes in land cover resulting from human activities using satellite imagery captured every 16 days. The data outputs of the tool are then reported on an interactive website-free and open access – that allows the user to investigate and monitor changes in land use throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently the team is working on expanding Terra-i’s coverage to the whole of the tropics.

Alejandro Coca, researcher at CIAT, represented the Terra-i team during the awards ceremony. The certificate of recognition and an award of USD 2,000 were presented to Alejandro by the regional coordinator of GeoSUR and the president, technical co-operator and general secretary of the IPGH.

In his brief acceptance speech, Alejandro took the opportunity to thank donors such as the Nature Conservancy for the support they have provided to the Terra-i initiative. He also acknowledged the constant collaboration of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland and King's College London, the untiring effort and dedication of professionals, student interns and postgraduate students at the Decision and Policy Analysis research area at CIAT and the active interest shown by the general community of users. All of these players are key to making Terra-i a useful tool for better decision-making on a crucial issues such as deforestation and loss of natural habitats in Latin America.

Congratulations to all Terra-i team members and supporters!

This post was originally published in Spanish on the CIAT news blog.

Blog by Andrea Carvajal, CIAT Communications

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