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    Opinion Pieces
September 28, 2021

A Journey From Hell to Heaven: A Firsthand Account of Indigenous Communities Living at the Forefront of the Climate Crisis

Editor’s note: This piece is a translated op-ed written by Maria Elena Gutierrez, the Executive Director of our sister organization on the ground in Peru, Conservación Amazónica-ACCA. The original text in Spanish was published on La Mula and can be found here. A few days ago I visited the Indigenous community of Infierno in Madre […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter
September 24, 2021

Key Takeaways from Building a Forest-Based Economy in the Amazon Virtual Panel

  “The tipping point is here, it is now. A modern vision of the Amazon must include truly innovative elements to create profitable bioeconomies that would immediately eliminate illogical and short-sighted economies.” -Thomas Lovejoy and Carlos Nobre, renowned climate scientists   On September 22, we hosted the webinar panel “Building a Forest-Based Economy in the […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter
September 23, 2021

Securing Organic Certification for Bolivia’s Flagship Conservation Area

We recently helped solidify the renewal of the certification of the Manuripi-Heath Amazonian Wildlife National Reserve in Bolivia, and now more than 803,000 acres (325,000 hectares) have organic certification, a long-term task we’ve been working on since 2012. This was the result of extensive technical work from our sister organization in Bolivia, Conservación Amazónica-ACEAA along […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
September 18, 2021

Partnering With Descendants of the Incas to Combat Climate Change in the Peruvian Andes

Among the soaring mountains of the Andean Andes live the Japu indigenous community of Peru. Part of the Quechua-speaking Q’eros ethnicity, they are considered to be the last direct descendants of the Incas. Their nearly 85,000-acre territory ranges between 500-5,000 meters above sea level, spanning across Andean highlands and Amazonian foothills. Because of the vast […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
September 15, 2021

San Antonio Community in Bolivia is First in the Region to Receive Equipment That Improves Sustainable Harvesting

 The Amazonian forests of northern Bolivia are home to acres upon acres of Brazil nut trees that support a myriad of animal and plant species, as well as local communities, such as San Antonio within the national Manuripi Amazon Wildlife Reserve. Like many in the Bolivian Amazon, the members of the San Antonio community work […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter
September 14, 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 12, 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 […]

    Western Amazon Newsletter
August 31, 2021

Joining the Regional Executive Committee of Madre de Dios to Help Strengthen Forest Based Economies

Ernesto Velarde Valladares, a specialist in ecobusiness at our sister organization, Conservación Amazónica – ACCA, has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Regional Executive Committee of Exporters of Madre de Dios (CERX) for 2021-2023 as Vice President. Elected by members of the committee, including public and private institutions that promote exports in the […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
August 30, 2021

From Trailblazing Environmentalist to Fighting Blazes in the Amazon 

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 […]

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