Google Maps Project Maps Amazon Funds
Google has been working with Brazilian nonprofit organization, Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), and the two have now announced the Bolsa Floresta Platform, an online tool that lets you explore social, environmental and economical datasets for areas in the Amazon.
“One FAS’s most significative initiatives is the administration of the Bolsa Floresta — Brazil’s first internationally-certified incentive program for the preservation of traditional communities and environment in the Amazon rainforest,” says Gabriel Ribenboim in a guest post on the Google Maps blog. “As the largest payment for environmental services program in the world, Bolsa Floresta serves over 35,000 people, 15 state-protected reserve territories and covers an area of more than 10 million hectares.”
“Institutional transparency is a challenge for NGOs across the world,” says Ribenboim. “Tools that help track the impact of our efforts and present them in an accessible way are rare and normally require a significant investment. The Bolsa Floresta platform, built on Google technologies such as Google Maps Engine, Google Drive, YouTube and Street View helped us organize this kind of dataset in a way that is easy to visualize, understand and share with little in the way of programming complexity or investment.”
You can check out the map here, and toggle on and off layers for economics, social development, and cash payment for environmental services. Community organization is coming soon.