MapBiomas: How Open Data Can Unlock New Solutions to Address Climate Change


  • Linda Peia Ashoka
  • Hanae Baruchel Ashoka
  • Konstanze Frischen Ashoka


open data, technology, climate change, Brazil, Amazon, deforestation, big data, open source, land use, data platform, forests, tipping point


The lack of reliable, timely, and accessible information makes some of our most intractable social issues difficult to solve. MapBiomas, a collaborative network incubated by the Climate Observatory in Brazil, is demonstrating that open data can unlock new solutions to address climate change at scale. Its historical land use and change in platform is enabling leaders across all sectors to better understand land use in Brazil and design effective actions. With 70% of Brazil’s greenhouse emissions being generated by land use, the potential impact is huge. MapBiomas is the most complete, up-to-date, and detailed spatial database of land use in the world and has been rolled out in several countries in Latin America and in Indonesia.

Author Biographies

Linda Peia, Ashoka

Linda Peia is a Senior Director at Ashoka and works on global strategy integration. She has a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is based in Washington, DC.

Hanae Baruchel, Ashoka

Hanae Baruchel is part of the leadership team for Ashoka Next Now. She was previously the Venture & Fellowship director at Ashoka U.S. and she is the founder of a boutique furniture design company. Hanae is based in Berlin, Germany.

Konstanze Frischen, Ashoka

Konstanze Frischen leads Ashoka’s global work on Tech & Humanity. She is also the leader of Ashoka’s work in North America. Konstanze currently lives in Washington, DC.




How to Cite

Peia, L., Baruchel, H., & Frischen, K. (2021). MapBiomas: How Open Data Can Unlock New Solutions to Address Climate Change. Social Innovations Journal, 10. Retrieved from