In this Smart Forests Radio episode, we interview Martha Fellows, a researcher from the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) in Brazil. In close collaboration with Indigenous communities, IPAM has developed tools such as the forest monitoring platform SOMAI, which seeks to support Indigenous territories and populations in preserving the Indigenous Amazon. IPAM provides technologies as well as offers training and funds, thereby enabling Indigenous groups to autonomously manage data and systems. This support allows Indigenous communities to create their own plans aligned with their land practices and traditional knowledge, while working to make lasting environmental and political impacts.

Interviewers: Jennifer Gabrys and Danilo Urzedo

Producer: Harry Murdoch

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This radio episode was produced by the Smart Forests project funded by the European Research Council. Smart Forests is led by Professor Jennifer Gabrys and is based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Smart Forests Atlas materials are free to use for non-commercial purposes (with attribution) under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. To cite this radio episode: Fellows, Martha, Jennifer Gabrys, and Danilo Urzedo, "IPAM SOMAI: Indigenous-led Approaches to Forest Protection", Smart Forests Atlas (2023), https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/radio/ipam-somai. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10692509.

Header image: SOMAI platform configured to highlight Indigenous Lands, Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI), and Regional Coordinations on the map of Brazil. Image source: SOMAI [image]. Retrieved 4 October 2023, from https://somai.org.br

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