SNAPP TEAM:Amazon Waters
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How can connectivity in the Amazon Basin be maintained to support human well-being, wildlife, and the environments on which they depend?

The Amazon Basin is recognized and valued not just for its rich tropical forests, but also for its role as the world’s greatest and most diverse freshwater system. These aquatic ecosystems are foundations for life in Amazonia, critical not only to biodiversity but also for sustaining major fisheries and transportation industries and providing water and other aquatic resources for 30 million Amazonian residents. However, these ecosystems are under threat from mismanaged fisheries, infrastructure development, and climate change.


OUR APPROACH: This team synthesized all available relevant data on infrastructure, water, wetlands and fisheries to examine threats across the entire basin. With the results of this working group, land managers can use these results to make better, more informed decisions about development and conservation in the river basin.

Team Status: COMPLETED
Team Critical Challenge: Water and Nature

Insights on Fish Migration Could Help Management
Exciting research from this working group confirms that the dorado catfish has the longest freshwater fish migration. Spanning 11,600 kilometers, from the Amazon estuary to their breeding grounds near the Andes, their journey takes 1-2 years to complete. These novel findings will be used to inform more effective fisheries and integrated water basin management in the Amazon.

GIS Roadmap for Conservation
The team produced a geographic information system (GIS) roadmap to help guide conservation efforts at a large scale in the Amazon River Basin. The new scalable tool creates a classification framework for the rivers, estuaries, and basins, which provides a dynamic way to map natural resources and infrastructure impacts in order to serve the needs of conservation and monitoring.

Amazon Waters Initiative
The Amazon Waters Initiative (AWI) is a call to action to conceptualize the Amazon aquatic ecosystem as a whole.The AWI seeks to build a similar network of alliances to support conservation and management actions that maintain the integrity of this vast and interconnected river system.




“This new tool will enable scientists and governments to monitor development initiatives across the Amazon basin and help guide policy to minimize the environmental impact of these activities.”

– Michael Goulding, Project co-Leader



Key Products
A spatial river basin framework for Amazonian aquatic conservation

This data article presents a GIS framework that was developed especially for the analysis, management and monitoring of aquatic systems in the Amazon Basin.

Dorado catfish has the longest freshwater fish migration

In this paper published in Scientific Reports, the team found that the migration distances of the Amazonian goliath catfishes are the longest strictly freshwater fish migrations in the world.

Wildlife Conservation Society: Amazon Waters Initiative

The Amazon Waters Initiative is a Wildlife Conservation Society project that spawned from the work of this SNAPP team.

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Michael Goulding
Wildlife Conservation Society
Mariana Varese
Wildlife Conservation Society
Edna Alencar
Universidade Federal do Pará
Flavio Bezerra Bazos
Universidade Federal do Pará
Ed Beighley
Northeastern University
Carlos Canas
Wildlife Conservation Society
Leila Carvalho
University of California-Santa Barbara
Leandro Castello
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
Marcos Costa
Universidade Federal de Vicosa
Oriana Trindade de Almeida
Universidade Federal do Pará
Carlos Durigan
Wildlife Conservation Society
Guillermo Estupinan
Wildlife Conservation Society
Polliana Ferraz
Instituto Mamirauá
Efrem Ferreira
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Bruce Forsberg
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Manuel Glave
Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo en el Perú
Jane “Carter” Ingram
Ernst and Young
Charles Jones
University of California-Santa Barbara
Rosseval Galdino Leite
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
John Melack
University of California-Santa Barbara
Armando Mercado
Wildlife Conservation Society
Marcelo Paustein Moreira
Fundação Vitória Amazônica
Rodrigo Cauduro Dias de Paiva
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Paulo Petry
The Nature Conservancy
Sergio Luiz de Medeiros Rivero
Universidade Federal do Pará
Miguel Angel La Rosa Salazar
Instituto de Estudios Peruanos
Urbano L. Silva, Jr.
Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade
Mino Viana Sorribos
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Eduardo Venticinque
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
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