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    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
December 22, 2020

20 for 20: Launch of the Southwest Amazon Drone Center

The Southwest Amazon Drone Center located in the Peruvian Amazon, launched in 2017, focuses on training local landowners, indigenous communities, students, and officials in Peru to actively monitor and report illegal deforestation in the western Amazon as well as providing drone overflights for the local government upon request.  This center allows for local community members […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter
December 21, 2020

20 for 20: Discovery of New Beetle Species at our Biological Stations

At Amazon Conservation’s biological stations around Peru, biodiversity extends beyond just mammals and birds. More than 1,000 new species of beetles were believed to be discovered around these areas in a major study conducted a few years ago by lifelong beetle researcher and expert Dr. Caroline Chaboo, along with around with 40 beetle experts from […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
December 18, 2020

20 for 20: Açaí Safety Harnesses, a Practical Conservation Tool

Due to a misstep coming down the tree with a heavy branch of açaí in hand, Omar Espinoza, an açaí harvester, fell from a height of about 40 feet head first. He was gathering fruits to support his family and like many açaí harvesters, was climbing 10-15 açaí trees a day with heights reaching up […]

    Stories from the Ground Western Amazon Newsletter
December 17, 2020

20 for 20: Establishing Bajo Madidi, Bolivia’s Largest Conservation Area

Last year we helped the local government of Ixiamas, Bolivia establish the Municipal Conservation Area of Bajo Madidi, an area spanning 3.7 million acres (1.5 million hectares). Three times the size of the Grand Canyon, this conservation area is the largest in Bolivia and one of the largest in the world. It hosts a variety […]

December 16, 2020

20 for 20: Species Discoveries at our Research Stations

Thanks to the incredible biodiversity in the Andean Amazon, scientists conducting research at our biological stations have discovered multiple new species. In this 20 for 20 story, we’re highlighting some of our favorite frog discoveries over the years. An Amazon Conservation-funded research team discovered the 7,000th amphibian species in the world at our Wayqecha Cloud […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter
December 11, 2020

High School Student Hosts Virtual Art Classes for Kids to Support the Amazon

High school student Madeleine Herberger has always had a passion for animals and the environment, and last year she was able to visit the Amazon Basin in Peru, nearby where our conservation hubs of Los Amigos, Villa Carmen, and Wayqecha operate. Reflecting on that trip she says, “I was able to spend four incredible days […]

    Put Science and Technology to Work Western Amazon Newsletter
December 10, 2020

20 for 20: Celebrating Wayqecha, the Only Cloud Forest Research Station in Peru

Amazon Conservation’s Wayqecha Research Station and Conservation Hub, the only cloud forest research station in Peru, officially opened its doors in 2006. Located at 2,900 m of elevation in the cloud forest region of Cusco and just 175 km from our Los Amigos Conservation Hub in the Amazonian lowlands, these research sites together provide a […]

December 10, 2020

20 for 20: Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) Established

Andean forests faced escalating threats from illegal gold mining, illegal logging, illegal drug plantations, unsustainable agriculture, cattle pasture, and road construction, and new tactics were needed to address the problems. In response, Amazon Conservation and Conservación Amazónica – ACCA developed MAAP – Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project to provide real-time satellite monitoring deforestation reports.  […]

    Protect Wild Places Western Amazon Newsletter
December 9, 2020

20 for 20: Photographing the First Recorded Melanistic Jaguar in Bolivia With Camera Traps

Our camera trap program has been implemented in our areas of work in Bolivia since 2015. We have camera traps placed in: TCO Tacana II, an indigenous territory we’ve worked with for decades in the North of the Department of La Paz, Santa Rosa del Abuná Integral Model Area, a conservation area we helped create […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
December 8, 2020

20 for 20: Deforestation Decreases 92% After Years of Work Leads to Operation Mercury

For decades, the southern region of Madre de Dios had been plagued by unmanaged and illegal gold mining that converted once thriving habitats into wastelands, and contaminated lands and rivers with mercury. This became so severe that the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency, and subsequently launched Operation Mercury, a series of highly-coordinated military […]

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