Conservation International's work focuses on science, policy, and partnership with businesses and communities. The organization has been working in Amazonia on an innovative satellite-based system called Firecast which can track ecosystem disturbances such as fires, fire risk conditions, deforestation, and protected area encroachment, and delivers this time-sensitive information to decision makers through email alerts, maps, and reports.
In Amazonia, Conservation International are helping to strengthen the forest surveillance and monitoring, fire management and prevention, protected areas management, and sustainable land use planning. Firecast also expanded its coverage to Colombia in coordination with the USAID funded Forest Carbon, Communities, and Markets project to develop technical methods and training for Measuring Reporting and Verification (MRV) of REDD+ projects. Firecast will be used to as cost-effective method for monitoring REDD+ sites in Colombia and Conservation International is working with the Colombian government Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology, and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) to help develop a national monitoring system that informs sustainable development planning and national policy initiatives.