Join the GEO Indigenous Water Summit

October 25-27 2023: virtual summit

Building upon the resounding success of the 2020 GEO Indigenous Summit, where Indigenous leaders, students, NGOs, academics, and UN institutions converged to explore Indigenous-led advancements in Earth observations, this year's summit delves deeper into the realm of water conservation and sustainability. Aligned with the United Nations' declaration of 2023 as the Year of Water, this event offers a platform to showcase innovative Indigenous Earth observation solutions addressing water-related challenges, with a strong focus on the pivotal role of Indigenous knowledge in shaping a sustainable future.

The Summit also sheds light on the evolving landscape of traditional Earth observation, influenced by disruptive technologies and new stakeholders. This dynamic setting creates exciting opportunities for collaboration between the public and private sectors and Indigenous Peoples, promoting Indigenous innovation and progress.

Visit the GEO Indigenous Water Summit webpage here

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Indigenous Alliance was founded by Indigenous representatives at the GEO Canberra Ministerial Summit 2019 in Canberra, Australia. The vision of the GEO Indigenous Alliance is to protect and conserve Indigenous Cultural Heritage by using Earth Observation science, data and technology to create a knowledge base that sustains the Earth we live on.

In December 2020, the GEO Indigenous Alliance hosted the inaugural GEO Indigenous Summit 2020 event, which brought together Indigenous Peoples from around the world to share Indigenous-led innovations in Earth observation data, science, and technology, and discuss issues of Indigenous data sovereignty and data management in support of Indigenous communities. The event built on the (GEO) Indigenous Hackathons that brought Indigenous knowledge holders together with the GEO community to co-develop culturally relevant EO based tools for and by Indigenous communities that honour and acknowledge the human dynamics and cultural complexity of their communities. The GEO Indigenous Summit report can be accessed here.


To enable Indigenous Peoples toward equitable participation in and benefits from data creation, application, and stewardship within contemporary data environments, the  GEO Indigenous Alliance advocates for the implementation of  CARE with FAIR principles. The GEO Indigenous Alliance sees Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC),  as an important standard that Indigenous People can use to claim their rights to self-determination, consultation and participation in decisions that are central to climate action. The GEO Indigenous Alliance will focus on the implementation of the FPIC Declaration at local and national levels, as well as at the UN Human Rights Council and in a number of other international fora.

Founding Members

  • Titus Letaapo, Founding Member, member of the Samburu tribe, Kenya
  • Kriton Glenn, Principal Advisor
  • James Rattling Leaf Sr., Founding Member, Sicangu Lakota, Oceti Sakowin Oyate
  • Diana Mastracci, Founding Member & International Strategic Liaison 
  • Mario Vargas Shakaim, Founding Member member of the Shuar Nation, Ecuadorian Amazon
Titus Letaapo


Kriton Glenn


James Rattling Leaf

Rattling Leaf

Diana Mastracci


Mario Vargas



The GEO Indigenous Alliance is advancing an international Indigenous GEO network with dedicated Indigenous Working Groups focused on Indigenous youth, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Action, Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Women Empowerment, for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, practitioners and policy makers to share best practices and experiences.

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For more information, please contact Diana Mastracci Sanchez, International Strategic Indigenous Liaison for the GEO Indigenous Alliance: