The PAIGH prefers to support multidisciplinary projects. The multidisciplinary nature of a project is determined exclusively by the active participation of specialists from various, distinct areas of knowledge; not by the multidisciplinary scope of the aims and results of the project involved. The projects should contribute to:
Consolidating the Institute as a regional pan-american forum for making progress in geographic information for the integral development of the Member States, by means of strengthening the necessary infrastructure, scientific networks and institutional links; also for driving forward the cartographic, geographic, historic and geophysical studies and analyses that are indispensable for understanding the present and future of the peoples of America.
Identify actions that articulate and identify institutional competences that contribute to regional integration in specific fields such as climate change, putting territorial information into order and natural disasters.
Contribute to and favour the development of spatial databases, including information derived from the systematic observation of the Earth from space, with the purpose of supporting decision-making and, especially, making the system for warnings before disaster situations more efficient and improving the response to them.
In order to make contributions to rational criteria in the sustainable use of natural resources, support the creation of the quality information required for analyzing processes associated with specific fields such as soil degradation, effects that alter biodiversity, occupation of coastal territory, contamination, forest fires, the delimitation and occupation of zones at risk (including international adjacent areas).
Encourage innovative alternatives for studying pan – american history, in areas such as environmental history, historiography, processes for regional integration, the conservation of cultural heritage and the release of information about it, the preservation of historic records and the institutional commemoration of major historic events of the region.
Through its Commissions, the PAIGH offers a wide range of courses, workshops and conferences intended for specialists and professionals of the areas of interest of the Institute and, in general, to other professionals interested in the themes and matters.
Technical Assistance Program
The Institute shall finance through its program of Technical Assistance, projects which are orientated towards carrying out studies, research work, technical meetings and training in the disciplines of the four Commissions.
In order for a project to be approved it must be presented in the official request forms and comply with all the necessary requirements.
Technical Assistance projects must necessarily be multinational, in which at least two Member States shall participate. Projects with regional objectives shall be given priority.
In order to make the best use of the resources and to avoid dispersion, the amount assigned to each project may not be less than 1% of the budget of the Institute, except in the case of PRONAT, and those which last longer than one year.
All projects must be presented officially by the respective National Section, attaching the letter of acceptance of the National Sections of the other participating countries.
The maximum duration of a project shall be four years, and in any case, should finalize before the next General Assembly. Exceptionally and, prior approval of the meeting of Officers, the limit in reference may be extended.
When assigning funds, priority shall be given to those projects already in progress, without detriment to the provisions of Article 34.
When recommending the approval of a project, the Chairmen of the Commissions, should lend special attention to the funds being committed from the requesting agency of the country or countries involved.
The PAIGH edits and publishes the following periodic journals: Cartographic Journal, Geographic Journal, Geophysics Journal, History of America Journal, American Anthropology Journal and American Archeology Journal, which are printed in and distributed from Mexico.
The editorial production of the Institute also includes a diverse range of occasional publications (atlases, guides, manuals, charts, glossaries, etc.) which contribute to widening the stock of intellectual material as an asset of the nations covered. The occasional publications already number more than 500 and the corresponding catalogue can be requested free of charge at the General Secretariat.
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Awards made by the PAIGH
The PAIGH offers several different awards for distinct disciplines:
- Pan American Medal of the PAIGH (to the scientist that is outstanding for his/her career in any of the fields and disciplines covered by the PAIGH)
- "Wallace W. Atwood" award (for an original piece of work in any of the four fields of research covered by the PAIGH)
- "Carlos A. Carvallo Yáñez" (for an original work concerning the Cartography of America)
- Award to the best doctoral or Master’s graduation thesis in Cartography, Geodesy or Geographic Information
- Award to the doctoral or Master’s graduation thesis in History (to be approved)
- "Arch C. Gerlach" award (for an original work on the Geography of America)
- "Luiz Muniz Barreto" award (for an original work on the Geophysics of America)
- "Silvio Zavala" award for the Colonial History of America
- "Leopoldo Zea" thinkers of America Award