Research on mapping integrated crop-livestock systems wins the 3rd edition of the MapBiomas Award in the General category

Winners presented the main points of their work at the award cerimony

Patrick Calvano Kuchler's research, from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) in partnership with Embrapa Solos, which dealt with the challenges to measure the implementation of the ABC Plan ("Low Carbon Agriculture Plan"), was the winner of the 3rd edition of the MapBiomas Award in the General category. The author sought to establish a protocol to monitor the actions, based on the methodology of MapBiomas and its classes related to agriculture, and presented an innovative approach to monitoring integrated crop-livestock systems (ICLS).

In second place, in the General category, was the work of Renato Crouzeilles Pereira Rocha, from the International Institute for Sustainability (IIS), who developed a model with scenarios related to the natural regeneration of the Atlantic Forest. These and four other winning works were presented at the awards cerimony on July 8th. It was an online, broadcast live on channel.

New in this edition, the Highlight in Public Policy Applications category awarded the work of José Mário Fraga Miranda, from the 17th Jungle Infantry Brigade – Porto Velho, with the platform Guardiões da Amazônia (Guardians of the Amazon), which provides relevant data and resources for protecting the Amazon, making it easier combating environmental crimes such as illegal deforestation. The initiative has a mobile app and a web module, restricted to partner agencies, which can check complaints from users of the app.

Another novelty of the award in this edition was the possibility for the works to use data or quote about any of the initiatives of the MapBiomas Network. In the Youth category, first place used information from the Chaco mapping. Sofía María Chevallier Boutell, from the Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de Buenos Aires (FAUBA), conducted a study on how land use changes, such as the conversion of native vegetation to agriculture and pasture, impact the provision of ecosystem services in the Argentine Chaco Seco. In the second place, the work of Danylo M. Magalhães, from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), assessed the effects of the creation of Conservation Units, Indigenous Territories and Quilombolas from 1985 to 2018 on the evolution of forest suppression.

The judging committee also awarded an honorable mention in the Youth category. Nicolli Albuquerque de Carvalho, from the Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL), assessed land use changes that occurred in four watersheds in the APA Costa dos Corais (a protected area) in Alagoas to understand the impacts on the coastal marine environment.

At the award event, the general coordinator of MapBiomas, Tasso Azevedo, highlighted the main objective of the award: making knowledge about land-cover accessible. "Our objective is to promote conservation, mitigation of impacts, but it is data. It is people who make what we produce relevant, otherwise it will only be data and maps. We are happy to encourage and recognize those who use MapBiomas," he said.

Registered record

This year's edition broke a record of works submitted. There were 160 for the three categories: General, Youth and Highlight Applications for Public Policy. A 60% growth in the number of subscribers compared to the previous year. “With each edition of the MapBiomas Award, the number, regions and countries of the participants increase, as well as the quality of the work. This growth comes together with the advancement of the products of the MapBiomas initiatives, even bringing new applications both for public policies and for science in the country. And the works entered for this award reflect that”, said the scientific coordinator of MapBiomas, Júlia Shimbo, at the time of the closing of the entries.

Works from 25 of the 26 states of Brazil and the Federal District were submitted. There were just no participants from Acre. Last year, 17 states; and in the first edition, 11 States. This year there were also entries from France, Portugal, United Kingdom, New Zealand and the Netherlands. The 3rd Edition of the MapBiomas Award takes place in partnership with Instituto Ciência Hoje.

This year, works that cited or used data from any of the MapBiomas initiatives could be entered – such as the collections of MapBiomas Brasil, MapBiomas Amazônia and MapBiomas Chaco or information from MapBiomas Alerta, MapBiomas Árida and Geocovid MapBiomas.

This year's edition will award the winners with R$ 50 thousand (divided, according to the notice, between the works in 1st and 2nd places in the General and Youth categories and the Highlight Applications for Public Policies). In addition, the winners will receive an annual subscription to Ciência Hoje digital magazine and a scholarship for a course on satellite image geoprocessing using Google Earth Engine promoted by Solved.

Browse the MapBiomas Award website and learn more about this edition and discover the winners of previous editions.