The SDSN Amazonia works to build the capacity of key stakeholders, including policy makers, social and development professionals, and business leaders, to develop and implement transformative solutions to achieve the SDGs in the Amazon region. Countries and territories included in the regional network: Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Perú, Suriname, Venezuela.

Location: Manaus, Brazil

Hosted by: Fundação Amazonas Sustentável

Team

  • Emma Torres

    Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP
  • Virgilio Viana

    Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS), Manaus, Brazil

The Amazon Summer School The Amazon Summer School is an intensive, three-week immersion course which runs every two years. Participants learn about the Amazon rainforest from professionals, the local community, each other, and the forest itself. The program introduces participants to a conceptual structure for sustainable development and explains key concepts and how they apply to current issues, with the aim of understanding how global challenges are affecting the Amazon region and the complexity inherent in the Amazon system. Since the launch of the course in 2014, it has had 16 participants from all over the globe including; Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, EUA, India, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, and Kenya.

Amazon Solutions Platform The network has developed the Amazon Solutions Platform, a georeferenced database of solutions that contribute towards achieving the SDGs in the region. Solutions are solicited from members of the network and the public. They can be in different stages, including concept development, implementation, and scale up, and can be posted in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. Solutions are mapped and tagged to specific SDGs, and project partners can be contacted to encourage collaboration. A selection of solutions are presented during the Amazon Solutions Day, a side event of the annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD).

In just a few hectares of this vast forest world laboratory can be found more species of native trees than in all of North America, and on just one of these trees are more species of ants than exist in all of England.

Gabriel García Márquez, Prologue, La Amazônia Sin Mitos