The SDSN Andes currently works on four thematic areas: 1) Biodiversity protection and sustainable management of ecosystem services, 2) Sustainable and resilient human settlements, 3) Sustainable production and consumption, and 4) Data management and monitoring of the SDGs. Countries and territories included in the regional network: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela.

Location: Urcuquí Imbabura, Ecuador

Hosted by: Yachay Tech University

Binational conservation initiative

The SDSN Andes, in collaboration with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and with financial support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, coordinates the project “Conservation and Management of Ecosystem Services in the Mira-Mataje Binational Watersheds”. This project is lead by a coalition of organizations, including the University of Nariño (Colombia), the Regional Amazon University IKIAM (Ecuador), the Pacific Environmental Research Institute (Colombia), the National Institute of Biodiversity (Ecuador), Corporación Grupo Randi Randi (Ecuador), and the bird conservation NGO FELCA (Colombia). The project seeks to enhance conservation in the watersheds through a) scientific knowledge of ecosystems status and services, and b) territorial governance and stakeholder participation. The primary outcome of the project will be a binational management strategy and integrated conservation action plan.

Initiative to analyze inter-country influences on the SDGs

The SDSN Andes, in collaboration with the Integrated Sustainability Analysis (ISA) research team from the University of Sydney (Australia), leads the “Influence of Economic Structures on the SDGs - Effects from, to and within the Andean Region” initiative. The aim of this initiative is a) to assess spillover effects in terms of the SDGs through global supply chains and trade, and b) to devise and implement measures to reduce negative effects and increase positive ones.