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July 29, 2021

Protected Areas and Indigenous Territories Prove to be the Best Defense against Deforestation for the Western Amazon

Washington, DC, July 27, 2021. A new analysis by Amazon Conservation’s Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) shows that protected areas and indigenous territories offer the best defense against deforestation for the Amazon Rainforest. Through Amazon Conservation’s latest Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) analysis, the organization studied how land use designations in […]

    Protect Wild Places Western Amazon Newsletter
July 24, 2021

Los Amigos’ 20th Anniversary: Scientists Tell Us Why Los Amigos Matters

This year marks the 20th anniversary of our Los Amigos Conservation Concession. When Los Amigos was established in 2001, it was the first private conservation concession in the world. Located in the Los Amigos watershed in the department of Madre de Dios in southwestern Peru, the 360,000-acre concession borders the world-famous Manu National Park, and […]

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

New Wildlife Conservation Laboratory Launched at Los Amigos Biological Station will Monitor Wildlife Health, Zoonotic Diseases Risks

Our Los Amigos Biological Station, located in the Peruvian Amazon, has inaugurated a new conservation technology lab that will conduct advanced wildlife tracking, conservation genomics, safe pathogen screening, and toxicology monitoring of key species in the Amazon. This targeted biodiversity monitoring will enable us to gather key information on zoonotic diseases and transmission risks, helping […]

    Put Science and Technology to Work Western Amazon Newsletter
June 30, 2021

Tracking Gold Mining With New Radar-Based Satellite Monitoring Tool

This past month we launched our Radar Mining Monitoring Tool (RAMI), which is a new satellite monitoring tool that incorporates radar technology. Traditional satellite monitoring is effective in tracking deforestation but is limited by cloud cover. This new tool will help us more effectively monitor and combat illegal gold mining in real-time, as radar allows […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
June 28, 2021

Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation Re-invests in Our Satellite Monitoring Model and Expands Access to Indigenous Peoples

The Madre de Dios region of Peru has long been home to a variety of cultural and ethnic groups for nearly three thousand years. The Indigenous Federation of Madre de Dios (FENAMAD in Spanish) is a regional organization that represents 37 indigenous communities belonging to seven linguistic groups. With the support of the Norwegian Agency […]

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

Studying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes to Learn How Climate Change Affects the Amazon Rainforest

These past few weeks significant scientific advances have been made at our Los Amigos Biological Station by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). The research group, led by professors Dr. Eric Cosio and Dr. Norma Salinas from the Department of Science and the Institute for Nature, Earth and Energy at INTE-PUCP, has installed an […]

    Stories from the Ground Western Amazon Newsletter
June 14, 2021

Environmental License Secured For Pilot Açaí Processing Plant for Amazonian Community in Bolivia

After a long process, we’ve helped secure an environmental license authorizing the operation of a pilot açaí processing plant in the Villa Florida community of the Manuripi National Reserve in Bolivia – making the community one of the first in Bolivia. Securing this license is a significant achievement because it engages authorities to support efforts […]

    Put Science and Technology to Work Western Amazon Newsletter
May 26, 2021

Biologist Ruthmery Pillco, Who Leads our Andean Bear Reforestation Project, Named National Geographic Emerging Explorer

Ruthmery Pillco, who leads field activities for the Community-Based Reforestation to Protect Andean bears project, was recently announced as one of fifteen changemakers worldwide to be selected for National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers award. She joins a global community of National Geographic Explorers that include a diverse array of scientists, educators, storytellers, and conservationists.  Ruthmery is […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter
May 25, 2021

World Environment Day Student Art Contest – Accepting Submissions Until June 22!

Do you know a child or teen who loves to draw? Let them know about our Amazonian animals art contest! In recognition of the upcoming World Environment Day, we’re hosting an art contest to raise awareness of the biodiversity found in the Amazon. This contest is geared towards students between ages 5-15, and submissions will […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter MAAP Reports
May 21, 2021

Amazon Fire Tracker 2021: Brazilian Amazon Fire Season Begins

Last year (2020), we demonstrated the power of our real-time Amazon fire monitoring app (see MAAP #118 and MAAP #129). In a novel approach, the app uniquely combines data from the atmosphere (aerosol emissions in smoke) and the ground (heat anomaly alerts) to quickly and precisely detect major Amazon fires.* Using the app, we just detected the first two major fires in the Brazilian […]

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