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    Western Amazon Newsletter
April 2, 2021

Amazon Conservation Board Member Bruce Babbitt Spearheads Amazon Protection Plan

Bruce Babbitt, the former Governor of Arizona and a longtime Board Member of Amazon Conservation, is spearheading the development of the Amazon Protection Plan, which is a set of policy recommendations to the Biden Administration regarding his campaign pledge to invest $20 billion USD towards protection of the Amazon rainforest. This coming Earth Day, President […]

    Protect Wild Places Western Amazon Newsletter
March 24, 2021

Recently Established Chuyapi Urusayhua Conservation Area Protects Nearly 200,000 Acres of Forest, Over 1,500 Plant and Animal Species, and Essential Water Sources

On March 24, 2021 the Chuyapi Urusayhua Conservation Area in the Peruvian Amazon was officially established, finalizing a long term effort that we have supported since 2008. This vast conservation area protects 197,000 acres (80,000 hectares) of forests — 93% Amazonian and 7% Andean — that are home to 936 registered species of plants and […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter
March 23, 2021

Takeaways from “Technological Tools for Remote Monitoring of Protected Areas” Webinar

 Our sister organization Conservación Amazónica – ACCA recently organized and hosted the webinar “Technological Tools for Remote Monitoring of Protected Areas” in Spanish, for members and technical specialists from the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve.   This event featured esteemed presenters like Pedro Gamboa, Director of Peru’s National Service of Natural and Protected Areas (SERNANP); Fermin Chimatani, […]

March 20, 2021

Protecting the Amazon – Today, Tomorrow, Forever

For two decades we’ve been protecting over 8.8 million acres of the greatest wild forest on Earth. The generosity and passion of our donors have provided cutting-edge technology tools to government and local authorities, empowered hundreds of indigenous communities to protect their ancestral lands, hosted over 500 pioneering scientific studies in the Amazon, and so […]

    Protect Wild Places Western Amazon Newsletter
March 15, 2021

Using Comics to Inspire Children to Learn More About and Care for Amazonian Animals

This past World Wildlife Day, our sister organization Conservación Amazónica – ACEAA in Bolivia uniquely told the stories of Amazonian animals through their original comics series “Once Upon a Time in the Forest”.    The story stars a giant otter, an endangered species in the Amazon, who meets with forest friends around a campfire to […]

    Put Science and Technology to Work Western Amazon Newsletter
March 9, 2021

MAAP #134: Agriculture And Deforestation In The Peruvian Amazon

For the first time, Peru has a detailed National Agricultural Area Map. This unique map, produced with high-resolution satellite imagery, was published by the Peruvian Ministry of Agrarian Development (MIDAGRI) in January.* This map reveals that the agricultural area at the national level is 11.6 million hectares, as of 2018. Here, we analyze this new information […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
March 1, 2021

Establishing an Action Plan With Indigenous Partners to Conserve Three Areas in the Peruvian Amazon

In a meeting with representatives from the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve, an indigenous community in Peru, and the Puerto Azul Mberowe Native Community, we established a joint action plan to protect three key areas in the Peruvian Amazon: the Madre de Dios Territorial Reserve, the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve, and our Los Amigos Conservation Concession.   During […]

    Put Science and Technology to Work Western Amazon Newsletter
February 28, 2021

Satellite Images of “Rivers of Gold” Raise Awareness of Major Deforestation in the Amazon

An image provided by the International Space Station has been circulating around the internet showing an aerial view of cascading ‘rivers of gold’ in the Peruvian Amazon. These fascinating ‘rivers’ are in fact destructive and toxic pits that form as a result of illegal gold mining activities. Though these pits are a common sight for […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
February 25, 2021

“Paco” Fish Farms Advance Aquaculture in the Peruvian Amazon

This February saw the installment of a fish farm that will help generate sustainable livelihoods in the Peruvian Amazon and act as an important food source for local people. Located in the small district of Inambari, Madre de Dios near major conservation areas like the extensive National Tambopata Reserve, this initiative contributes to the development […]

    Put Science and Technology to Work Western Amazon Newsletter
February 20, 2021

New Biodiversity Monitoring Projects at Los Amigos Conservation Hub

Researchers Dr. Andy Whitworth and Dr. Henry Pollock from Osa Conservation began a new research project at our Los Amigos Conservation Hub to assess how many white-lipped peccaries are present in the world’s first conservation concession.  This species has a vulnerable status with the IUCN red list and was recorded to have almost disappeared in […]

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