Virtual guide on biodiversity in the DR wins important international award

Fundación Propagas and Fotoguardianes de la Naturaleza honored with the Special Achievement Award (SAG) at the GIS Award Conference

Esri, a global leader in location intelligence and provider of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology, presented the Special Achievement Award in GIS (SAG) to the Propagas Foundation and Photo Guardians of Nature on July 12 during the Esri User Conference (Esri UC) held in Redlands, California, United States.

Selected from hundreds of thousands of users, the Propagas Foundation and Photo Guardians of Nature received the award for their innovative use of mapping technology and their leadership in the area of environmental education. The SAG Award aims to recognize organizations around the world that use geographic information systems technology to educate, share information and solve complex problems.

“Users across industries continue to showcase the revolutionary possibilities of what GIS can help them achieve,” said Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri. “I am honored to recognize these organizations for the many ways they are taking a geographic approach to address some of the most pressing challenges facing our world today.”

Since 2020, the Propagas Foundation has been working together with the Photo Guardians of Nature on conservation education projects, with the aim of training people from various sectors and professional backgrounds on relevant environmental issues, united in the interest of promoting environmental protection, as well as encouraging ethical behavior among photographers and visitors to the natural spaces and Protected Areas of the Dominican Republic.

Their most recent joint project and the subject of this important award was, a platform entitled “The richness of our ecosystems”, which consists of a virtual guide to biodiversity in the Dominican Republic and describes its most representative ecosystems, main threats, as well as outstanding points of interest. The innovative portal, created on a virtual platform developed by the prestigious company Esri and represented locally by the company Geomática y Tecnología, was the result of the efforts of renowned environmentalists, biologists, journalists and conservation photographers: Yolanda León, Ricardo Briones, Marvin del Cid, Pedro Genaro, José Alejandro Álvarez, Fritz Pichardo, Guillermo Ricart, Leo Salazar and Eladio Fernández, under the coordination of Gibel Orsini and the general direction of Mayra Johnson.

Esri, a world leader in geographic information systems (GIS), location intelligence and mapping software, helps clients make the most of data to improve operational and business results. Founded in 1969 in Redlands, California, Esri software is deployed in hundreds of thousands of organizations worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofit institutions and universities. Esri has regional offices, international distributors and partners providing local support in more than 100 countries on six continents. With its pioneering commitment to geospatial technology and analysis, Esri develops innovative solutions that leverage a geographic approach to solve some of the world’s most complex problems by placing them in the crucial context of location. Visit us at

About Photokeepers of Nature

Fotoguardianes de la Naturaleza is a non-profit initiative created to strengthen photographic ethics and nature conservation in the Dominican Republic; its mission is to encourage ethical management by photographically documenting nature in order to promote actions in favor of its conservation in all its manifestations. Fotoguardianes de la Naturaleza is an initiative of Fundación Imagen ’83 with the support of Fundación Propagas and Grupo Propagas. Visit us at

About Fundación Propagas

Grupo Propagas is a group of leading companies in the Dominican market that have been characterized by their excellent service. One of its most committed initiatives to sustainability is the Propagas Foundation, an entity with the commitment to sensitize, raise awareness and educate the Dominican population about the preservation, protection and respect for the environment in order to promote its sustainable development. For more than three decades its director, Rosa Margarita Bonetti de Santana, has developed innovative initiatives for the conservation of the environment with the commitment to sensitize and educate the population, especially children and young people, about the importance of preserving nature as a fundamental part of our identity, through different educational and socio-cultural programs and conservation projects. Visit us at

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