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Project background

PROGYSAT is a project co-financed by European funds as part of the Interreg Amazon Cooperation Programme (PCIA), the aim of which is to promote the integrated development of French Guyana and its neighbours on the Guiana Shield - Suriname, Guyana, Amapá, Pará and Amazonas.

Objective 6 of the PCIA is to better protect, manage and enhance the biodiversity and environment of the Guiana Shield.

The project proposes actions in French Guiana and neighbouring countries that contribute to knowledge and management of the environment, based on the use of Earth observation satellite data, in the following three application areas:

  • Spatial planning
  • Health & Environment
  • Knowledge and preservation of biodiversity

The aim is to promote the use of geospatial information on the scale of the northern Amazon region, adapted to the missions of institutional communities in charge of scientific research and land management.

To this end, Progysat proposes to finalise or adapt tools, methods and products derived from research in the field of land observation to the context of the Guianas, and to make them available to stakeholders in the region.

The project provides training in these tools for project partners and for communities in the Guiana Shield involved in environmental and territorial issues. It is helping to raise awareness among the general public and schoolchildren, on Earth observation and its importance in understanding the region.

Project description

Project submission: November 2019 -- Start-up under agreement: April 2021

End of project: June 2023

Initiator IRD, UMR Espace-Dev -- Main foreign partner INPE


  • PCIA - European Union, Collectivité Territoriale de Guyane, Préfecture de Guyane
  • CNES
  • IRD

01 Equipe IRD-INPE "Axe transverse" : Coordination, Données & infrastructure de données, Communication

01 Team IRD-INPE "Transverse axis": Coordination, Data & data infrastructure, Communication

  1. Water Resources
  2. Health & Environment
  3. Forest biodiversity
  4. Pollution
  5. Public policies and forests
  6. Urban dynamics