Strategies for Open and Permanent Access to Scientific Information in Latin America: Focus on Health and Environmental Information for Sustainable Development

RANPA: A Network of Protected Areas of the Amazon Basin region

Alvaro ESPINEL (1), Carlos Salinas (2) and Jorge Meza (2)

(1)Senior Environmental Information Specialist. Department of Sustainable Development, Organization of American States. Washington DC (2) Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) Brasilia, Brazil.

The purpose of this network of governmental agencies of the Amazon Basin countries to share data, information and knowledge using suitable technology, in order to improve the efficiency in the adaptive management for conservation of the biodiversity and the harmonious relationship with the communities associated to the protected areas. Horizontal and international cooperation is the main strategy to consolidate and guarantee sustainability. The information available is provided and updated directly by the governmental organizations responsible for the administration of the areas. A main focus is the data access and interoperability, based on a lingua franca to report basic elements for description, diagnosis and prognosis of the areas in the region. The network has been implementing some information Services: On line Data Base; Image Bank: Satellite Images; Documents; Training in Geomatics, Fire Early Warning Systems and threat management; Information Tools for data archival, retrieving and processing; Discussions lists on Andes Amazon Protected Areas.

  • The Global Alliance for Enhancing Access to and Application of Scientific Data in Developing Countries, of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development, UN G@ID
  • U.S. National Committee for CODATA
  • Brazilian National Committee for CODATA.
  • CODATA Task Group on Preservation of and Access to Scientific and Technical Data in Developing Countries