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Participatory Mapping to Support Sustainable Energy for All in the Amazon (SE4Amazonian)


The project SE4Amazonian aims at the delivering of sustainable energy sources to those who need it the most and are usually left behind national electrification plans. The indigenous communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon often face high levels of isolation, marginalization, and a lack of access to basic services which represents also a cause and constrain for data collection in these areas. Thereby, support to integrate the communities in decision making on development plans is needed.

In SE4Amazonian remote sensing analysis is combined with socio-economic information and participatory mapping to determine the best way to provide clean energy to those who are left behind. Electricity is the gateway to foster other basic services that trigger rural development, such as having light during the night for reading or available energy for charging devices that enable access to information and communication. Working closely with indigenous communities the project is mapping the potentials and needs of clean renewable energy provision for isolated areas. Local technicians and indigenous people are directly involved in the development which will contribute to the success of the initiative. During all project activities it is ensured that sensitive information about involved communities is secured and their rights and wishes respected at all times.

SE4Amazonian site

The project was selected as a finalist and won with 11 other project activities the call for ideas to improve the production, management, and use of data in the two thematic areas of “Leave No One Behind” and “the environment” in 2018 by the World Bank´s Development Data group together with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and is funded by the World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building.

For more information on the call and funded project activities please visit:


At ZFL we are working with our Ecuadorian partners of Tratrural and AmazonGISnet.

Team ZFL:

Dr. Valerie Graw (PI & Coordination)
Javier Muro

Team Tratrural:

Dr. José Jara
Esteban Calderón

Team AmazonGISnet:

Richard Resl
Leo Zurita


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This Participatory Mapping to Support Sustainable Energy for All in the Amazon, is supported by the World Bank’s Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) with financing from the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Korea, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland.

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