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October 2016

Keepers of the Rain Forest

By Carla Wheeler
ArcWatch Editor

Austrian native Richard Resl has carved out a life helping indigenous people in Ecuador protect their land and way of life. During the 2016 Esri User Conference, Resl joined indigenous leader Domingo Ankuash from the Shuar nation to accept Esri's Making a Difference Award on behalf of AmazonGISnet, an organization Resl founded. He later shared the fascinating story of how he first met the Shuar people and the life-changing project they asked him to undertake: mapping their territory in the Amazon region, by using GPS and GIS. Read the article.

Richard Resl (center) watches Domingo Ankuash (left) present Esri president Jack Dangermond with a ceremonial spear at the Esri User Conference.
Richard Resl (center) watches Domingo Ankuash (left) present Esri president Jack Dangermond with a ceremonial spear at the Esri User Conference.

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    A GIS professional for the federal government by day, Mark Gallant of Canada continues mapping in his off-hours. He founded, where he uses Esri Story Maps to tell stories about sports, music, pop culture, and history. Read the article.

    Mahika's Story Map
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    Eighth grader Mahika Srivastava combined her interest in history and geography when she created History of India, a story map that won third place in the Esri India Story Map Contest. Read the article.

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