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September 18, 2021

Protecting Key Water Sources for Local Communities

World Water Monitoring Day focuses on protecting water resources around the world and encouraging people to monitor the condition of local rivers, streams, and estuaries. For us, we recognize the importance of this goal by establishing protected areas that conserves bodies protects important for people and animals, decreasing their risk of pollution from illegal gold […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter
September 16, 2021

145 Fires Impact 2.1 Million Acres in Bolivia: September 2021 Fires Update 

Our Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project team has been using our fires app throughout the season to provide real-time updates about the fires raging across the Amazon. In Bolivia, we registered around 145 fires in the country to date, of which more than 100 are considered major fires.These are distributed mostly in the departments […]

    Stories from the Ground Western Amazon Newsletter
September 14, 2021

1,500 Major Fires Across the Amazon, But What’s Behind the Burning?

We’ve passed a grave milestone this fire season in the Amazon. Last week, the Director of our deforestation and fires monitoring initiative, MAAP, Matt Finer, announced that over 1,500 major fires across the Amazon have been detected via our real-time fire monitoring app. The vast majority of the blazes are not the result of forest […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
August 30, 2021

From Trailblazing Environmentalist to Fighting Blazes in the Amazon: The Story of Ana Carola Vaca Salazar 

When Ana Carola Vaca Salazar started her journey to becoming the first female Secretary for the Environment in the Bolivian department of Beni, she wasn’t even allowed to go to school for her dream job. She wanted to be a park ranger in the Amazon, but she recalls that at the time in Bolivia, “I […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter
August 19, 2021

Create a Lasting Conservation Legacy and Support Conservation For Years to Come During National Make-A-Will Month

Dear Friend of the Amazon, If we’ve learned anything in the past year and a half, it’s that life can change quickly and we need to adapt even quicker. As you may have seen in our reports, the fire season in the Amazon has already begun in full force. It hasn’t been in the news […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter
August 17, 2021

2020 Impact Report

Click here to read the annual report Dear Friend of the Amazon, This year’s annual report holds special significance because 2020 brought on worldwide challenges of new magnitudes. At the time of writing this report in 2021, we still face these obstacles, but continue to find ways to adjust our efforts to achieve the conservation […]

    Put Science and Technology to Work Western Amazon Newsletter
August 16, 2021

Our Novel Fire Monitoring App Detected 2,500 Major Fires in the Amazon In 2020

Following 2019’s intense fire season in the Amazon that made international headlines, we recorded an even more severe year of fires in 2020, with over 5 million acres impacted. Thanks to the support of our donors, in the months preceding the fire season we improved and relaunched our Amazon real-time fire monitoring app, hosted by […]

    Put Science and Technology to Work Western Amazon Newsletter
August 15, 2021

New Wildlife Conservation Laboratory Launched at Los Amigos Biological Station

Our Los Amigos Biological Station has long been at the center of cutting-edge scientific research in the Amazon. Now we are taking that role one step further. This year, we launched a new Wildlife Conservation Laboratory there to carry out wildlife health and biodiversity monitoring using the latest technology. This laboratory will be capable of […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
August 14, 2021

Climate Change Adaptation in the Amazon: Building a Climate-Smart Forest Economy Alongside Indigenous Peoples

Thanks to the support of Euroclima+ and many others, this year marked two years of working in partnership with local and indigenous communities in Bolivia and Peru to make the management of their forest resources climate-smart across almost 2 million acres of protected areas. This project built their capacity to adapt to changes in climate […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
August 14, 2021

Adapting to a New Reality: Advancing Conservation Virtually

In 2020 our Alliance of sister organizations contributed to over 80 virtual events in the United States, Bolivia, and Peru, helping keep conservation efforts moving forward even amid the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adapting our in-person work into a virtual format also came with some benefits: we were able to more efficiently and quickly […]

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