Mail Delivery Issue for Amazon Conservation’s DC Office Address *12/10 UPDATE: Issue is Resolved*

**UPDATE AS OF DECEMBER 10, 2020**

The USPS has fixed this error and our office is once again able to send and receive mail as usual.

If your mail to us was returned, we kindly ask that you please re-send it to our regular office address at 1012 14th Street NW, Suite 625, Washington, DC, 20005. We apologize for this inconvenience. If you’d like to send us any registered mail or mail that needs a signature or in-person receipt, please contact Ana Folhadella, Communications and Development Manager, using the contact information below to get a staff member’s direct mailing address.

Direct Email: afolhadella@amazonconservation.org
Office Number: (202) 234-2356
Personal Cellphone: (202) 930-1421

As the global pandemic continues, please note that our DC staff is following local recommendations and working from home, so there may be some delay in acknowledging receipt and processing your mail to us. The processing of check contributions and sending of acknowledgment letters with tax-deduction may be slightly delayed, however, all check contributions postmarked in 2020 received up until January 10th, 2021 will be honored as donations for the year 2020 for income tax purposes. If you have any questions about your donation or would like your tax documentation emailed to you, please feel free to contact our Communications and Development Manager using the direct information above or at info@amazonconservation.org.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support!

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE (December 4):

Dear supporters and friends of the Amazon,

We recently discovered an issue with Amazon Conservation’s USPS account that is affecting mail to and from our DC office.

If you have mailed us a donation, letter, or any materials via any postal carrier to our office address at 1012 14th Street NW, Suite 625, Washington, DC, 20005, any time between October 1 2020 and now, your mail may have been affected. This means we likely did not receive your mail and that USPS will be returning it to you, the sender. Some donors have reported that they received their envelopes back with a yellow notice saying that mail is “undeliverable to this address” or “unable to forward.” Please note that the address above is correct and will continue to be our mailing address for the foreseeable future – this message is an error on USPS’ system that we are trying to correct.

To make sure your mail and contributions get to us in a timely manner, please contact us‬ using the information below to get a secondary mailing address while we fix this issue. We can also process donations online on your behalf for your convenience. Unfortunately, USPS is unable to tell us if a specific piece of mail has been affected without a tracking number.

The USPS error also affected some of our outgoing mail sent between October 1 and November 30. If you were expecting something in the mail from us (such as a donation acknowledgment letter with a tax receipt for a recent contribution) and have not received it, please contact us using the information below. To be safe and ensure that our donors receive their tax-deduction materials promptly, we will be re-issuing all donation receipt letters that had been sent in the past 4 months (September – November 2020).

If you made a donation electronically via our website, Charity Navigator, an employee giving program, or any other online platform, your donations have not been affected and were processed as usual. You should have received an automatic receipt with the needed tax-deductible information to the email account you used when making the contribution. If you have questions about your online donations, please reach us at donations@amazonconservation.org.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with the USPS to fix this issue. This post will be updated as new information is made available.

Please direct any questions, comments, or concerns about Amazon Conservation’s mail to:
Ana Folhadella, Communications and Development Manager
Direct Email: afolhadella@amazonconservation.org
Office Number: (202) 234-2356
Personal Cellphone: (202) 930-1421

Major Conservation Win: New Protected Area Established in Peru

Great news for conservation: Señor de la Cumbre, a 7,800-acre area in Inambari, Madre de Dios, Peru has been officially established as a conservation area!

Photo by Lindsey Erin Lough 

Our sister organization, Conservación Amazónica – ACCA, provided the local community and government with legal and technical conservation support throughout the 8-year long process. Even though it was a long process, the persistence by all parties now means this vital piece of the Amazon is now protected. The official declaration notice can be found here in Spanish.

This conservation area has forests highly diverse in flora and fauna, important water sources for cities in the region, and high tourism potential thanks to its beauty and abundant wildlife. Due to its particular habitat and climate, this area is also home to several species endemic to Peru (such as 3 species of saddle-back tamarin), some categorized as “threatened”, which makes this new area even more significant.

The establishment of this area is moving our conservation strategies forward in the Manu-Madidi Conservation Corridor. By creating a mosaic of conservation areas like this one between Manu National Park in Peru and Madidi National Park in Bolivia – two of the most biodiverse places in the world – we’re connecting forests so that wildlife can move across uninterrupted swaths of land, which is essential for species that need large habitats to survive.

This work has been made possible by the generous support of the Andes Amazon Fund (AAF) and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Statement of Solidarity from Amazon Conservation

 

Friends of the Amazon,

We are deeply saddened by the heartbreaking killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color that yet again expose the systemic racism and violence ingrained in our society. We kneel in solidarity with their families, the protesters, and all people fighting against discrimination and racial injustice in all forms and in all countries. 

Although our organization is focused on the conservation of the Amazon, we recognize that the continued centuries-long bias and these outrageous acts must be addressed by every organization, government, and individual for real change to happen. The events we are witnessing now serve as an urgent call to action for each one of us to play an active part in breaking down structural racism and cultural norms perpetuating the oppression and exclusion of People of Color, Indigenous communities, and other marginalized groups that continue to suffer every day. Our vision is to achieve a thriving Amazon, and we know that can only happen if people – every single one of us – are able to thrive as well. People should not be just surviving, as many oppressed communities have been forced to do, but truly thriving

We are thankful to those leading this movement and all allies who are working hard to lift up our nation and advocate for justice worldwide. All of us at Amazon Conservation, in Washington, DC, Peru, and Bolivia are with you in this fight.

– John Beavers and the team at Amazon Conservation

 

 

MAAP #116: Amazon Gold Mining, Part 2: Brazil

Base Map. Major gold mining deforestation zones across the Amazon. Data: MAAP.

We present the second part of our series on Amazon gold mining, with a focus on the Brazil*

Specifically, we focus on mining in indigenous territories in the Brazilian Amazon.

Extractive activities, such as gold mining, are constitutionally not permitted on indigenous lands, but the Bolsonaro administration is advancing a bill (PL 191) that would reverse this.

The Base Map indicates three Brazilian indigenous territories where we identified recent major gold mining deforestation:

  1. Munduruku (Pará)
  2. Kayapó (Pará)
  3. Yanomami (Roraima)

We documented the gold mining deforestation of 10,245 hectares (25,315 acres) across all three indigenous territories over the past three years (2017 – 2019). That is the equivalent of 14,000 soccer fields.

Below, see more detailed data, including a series of satellite GIFs of the recent gold mining deforestation in each territory.

*Part 1 looked at the Peruvian Amazon (see MAAP #115). For information on Suriname, see this report from Amazon Conservation Team. For all other countries see this resource from RAISG.

Amazon Conservation’s Message on COVID-19

Hello friends of the Amazon,

We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during this unprecedented health crisis.

As always, we are focused on the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, their families, and the communities where we live and work. Given the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are taking key precautions to keep our teams safe while we move forward with much-needed efforts to protect the Amazon Rainforest:

  • Our US-based team is following the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing and working from home until further notice. We’re still open for business and available to answer calls and emails during regular business hours, but our responses may take longer than usual.
  • Our on-the-ground teams in Peru and Bolivia are dutifully following each country’s health and safety restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus their as well. They continue to push our conservation efforts forward while complying with the restrictions that are in place.
  • As a preventative measure, we have also closed our research stations and eco-lodges in Peru for the time being, until it is safe to resume science and tourism operations.
    • If you had a trip planned with Amazon Journeys to one of our lodges and have specific questions, please email us at reservas@conservacionamazonica.org with any questions.

This situation is fluid and will continue to impact our daily lives and the Amazon in the coming weeks and months. We continue to monitor the situation closely and we will keep you informed as we respond to the impacts of the pandemic.

Above all, stay safe and healthy and our thoughts are with all of you.

John Beavers and the Amazon Conservation team