ACA Programs

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ACA focuses on scientific research, the direct protection of critical habitats, the sustainable use of natural resources, and education. Our programs include:

Biological Stations and Reserves

Los Amigos Conservation Concession and Los Amigos Biological Station
Our 360,000-acre Los Amigos Conservation Concession protects the watershed of the Los Amigos River, a headwaters tributary of the Amazon. This megadiverse wilderness protects the eastern access of Manu National Park and connects it to the Tambopata protected region. Our biological station at Los Amigos provides a base camp for scientists and students exploring the watershed. More »

Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station
The Wayqecha cloud forest site runs from above the Andean tree line down through cloud forest to montane rainforest, and acts as part of the buffer zone along Manu’s southern edge. As Peru’s only permanent research center focused on cloud forest ecology and management, we study conservation challenges and solutions in the megadiverse watershed bordering Manu. More »

Villa Carmen Biological Station and Reserve
ACA manages a 7,576‐acre property known as Villa Carmen, strategically located adjacent to Manu National Park and indigenous communities in the eastern Andes‐Amazon region of Peru. ACA is now in
the process of transforming this property into a Center of Excellence in tropical conservation and sustainable agriculture, while promoting a conservation economy, linking poverty alleviation to biodiversity conservation. More »

Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods

The Manu - Tambopata Conservation Corridor
The Manu - Tambopata Conservation Corridor (MAT) is a 518,921 acre area of rainforest in one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. ACA's MAT initiative will protect jaguar, macaw, and peccary populations in this last unprotected stretch of the Vilcabamba - Amboro Mega Corridor. To do so we are developing a portfolio of innovative conservation tools that offer local communities environmentally sustainable economic opportunities that preserve the rainforest while making a profit for the local community. More »

Cloud Forest Programs: REDD Enterprise and Reforestation
The cloud forests of the southeastern Andes offer the best chance for a safe haven for thousands of species facing the impacts associated with rapid climate change. They also represent some of the most carbon-rich forests in the world. ACA is helping indigenous and traditional communities conserve their forests through reforestation of degraded areas with valuable agroforestry and timber species and helping them access markets for sustainable forest products through the creation of micro-enterprises, REDD projects, and ecotourism opportunities.

Brazil Nut Program
Brazil nuts are the most profitable non-timber forest product in the southwestern Amazon, providing income for local people and incentives for forest conservation. Brazil nut stands cover more than 10 million acres of Amazonian Peru and even larger areas in Bolivia and Brazil. Conserving this forest through Brazil nut concessions and Brazil nut harvesting in indigenous territories is a key element in maintaining the biological connections among protected areas. ACA has been studying Brazil nuts since 1997 and has been helping Brazil nut harvesters in Peru and Bolivia to obtain better prices for their nuts through improved management practices and organic and Fair Trade certifications. More »

Amazonian Savannas: Pampas del Heath, Bolivia
Located in northern Bolivia, the Pampas del Heath are the best-conserved savannas left in Amazonia. As islands of grass in a sea of forest, these savannas support a unique flora and fauna and provide shelter to rare mammals such asthe maned wolf and the marsh deer. In the Pampas, ACA is developing a research and conservation program that includes biological inventories, studies of fire ecology, studies of traditional indigenous use of the Pampas, and support for Bolivian protected areas. More »

The above are brief summaries of our projects. Find more detail in our
annual report »

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Tamandua anteater. Photo: Sam Abell

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Peruvian park guards on a monitoring course at CICRA. Photo: Jerry Martínez

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Guan in a guava tree at CICRA. Photo: Trond Larsen



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