Mahesh Pathak, survey of bank cutting at Jalad Khola, Nepal
Mahesh Patak taking GPS point of bank cutting at
Jalad Khola, Eastern terai of Nepal


Imagery & GIS Grants to support local projects affected by climate change

Planet Action grants SPOT Imagery of all types to projects working on locally based conservation issues about or affected by climate change. This can include socially-defined issues and a broad range of conservation projects from any or all of the 5 planet action program domains:

vegetation, biodiversity & ecosystems,
human dimension & habitation
drought, desertification and water resources
ice & snow cover

To get started, first visit the Planet Action website and any of the background links below to read more about the program and projects funded, and have a look at the project reports. The available imagery includes anything from the SPOT Program's last 2 decades including the current 2.5 meter color imagery from SPOT 5. SPOT imagery is unique in combining a 20 year history of consistent, comparable imagery archives with state-of-the art high resolution modern imagery covering most of the globe. Projects in rural and wilderness areas, where most of the world's conservation projects occur, typically find that SPOT imagery is the best and often only available for your area. In addition, Planet Action may even provide "custom tasking" to aquire imagery where none currently exists. You can browse their complete collection at the SIRIUS web site.

You can apply for a Planet Action grant 2 ways, depending on your preference. SPOT Image has a grant proposal process that begins at their website, or you can apply through the existing ESRI Conservation Program email route, by sending a blank email to or visiting You'll need to complete the basic information section then the specific "Planet Action" section, and you'll need to include a short proposal (see further instructions below) If your proposal is approved, you will have to prepare an MHT file of your requested images (see below), and you'll have to download and agree to the SPOT user license (below). richly illustrated with photos and example maps, and listing in text form the SPOT imagery you need.

Mahesh Pathak, survey of bank cutting at Jalad Khola, Nepal
SORN Pheakdey
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) CAMBODIA PROGRAM

Grant Application Resources:

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Planet Action Background:

  1. Louis-Francois Guerre, the Planet Action programme

Louis-François Guerre graduated in physics from the University of Strasbourg and received an Executive Master of Business Administration from HEC in France. He joined Spot Image since 1991 and developed different activities such as radar SAR applications, international sales for satellite receiving stations and international partnerships with Asian space agencies. He is now coordinating the Planet Action initiative since the beginning of 2007 which has been officially launched mid-2007.

Spot Image is a leading company operating earth observation satellites and distributing worldwide satellite imagery and geographic solutions. Spot Image has launched a non-profit initiative, Planet Action, to bring its contribution to the Climate Change environmental issues. Through this initiative, Spot Image provides satellite images to support local projects addressing climate change aspects to assist NGOs and decision makers. Other partners have joined the Planet Action initiative, such as ESRI (GIS technologies), or UNESCO to work on World Heritage sites impacted by climate change. Today, two years after having started, Planet Action, supports more than 120 local projects worldwide on deforestation, forest management certification, coral bleaching or biodiversity conservation.


Planet Action Grantees Worldwide as of June, 2008 (map by Sasha Yumakaev, ESRI Conservation Program)

Planet Action Grantees Worldwide
Planet Action Grantees Worldwide as of June, 2008 (map by Sasha Yumakaev, ESRI Conservation Program)




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