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    Protect Wild Places Western Amazon Newsletter MAAP Reports
January 30, 2023

MAAP #174: Following Raid, Illegal Mining Camps Still Intact On Yapacana Tepui (Venezuelan Amazon)

Several weeks ago (on December 17, 2022), the Venezuelan government conducted a military operation against illegal mining activity in Yapacana National Park, located in the heart of the Venezuelan Amazon. This operation came just after a high-profile article in the Washington Post exposing the severity of the illegal mining within the park, including on top of the sacred Yapacana tepui […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
January 27, 2023

Peru Recognizes Los Amigos Conservation Area at 2022 COP15

At 2022’s COP15 (the United Nations Biodiversity Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity) in Montreal, Peru announced the recognition of Los Amigos Conservation Concession as its first of two Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECM), as part of Peru’s efforts to meet the goal set by the Biological Diversity Agreement […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
January 20, 2023

Creating Protected Natural Areas for Sustainable Management

On December 20, 2022, with technical support from our sister organization in Bolivia, Conservación Amazónica – ACEAA, the Mayor’s office of Porvenir in the Amazonian department of Pando, established the Natural Area of Integrated Management of the Porvenir Forest.  This new protected area will ensure the health and sustainable management of these productive forests with […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
January 13, 2023

Co-Founder of Amazon Conservation, Enrique Ortiz, and Former Board Member, Miles Silman, Speak About Illegal Gold Mining in Article for Science Magazine

On January 11, 2023, Science Magazine, one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, published an article on the effects of illegal gold mining in rivers around the world, including the Peruvian Amazon. Legal and illegal gold mining activity has surged over the past 20 years and affects 173 large rivers in 49 countries today. […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
January 5, 2023

2022 In Review – Looking Back at All We Were Able to Accomplish for the Amazon

2022 was certainly a productive year full of challenges and triumphs. We established a scientific observatory in Bolivia, expanded across the Amazon with new partners, produced and shared new research on the tipping point, and established a new protected area covering nearly 10,000 acres! As always, our supporters were with us every step of the […]

    Empower People Educational Resources MAAP Reports
December 29, 2022

Supporting Forest-Based Economies Through Research at our Amazon Fruit and Climate Change Observatory

In January 2022, we launched the Observatory of Amazonian Fruits and Climate Change in the Amazonian department of Pando, Bolivia. The Observatory is the culmination of a 10-month project in collaboration with local Bolivian organizations such as the Inter-Institutional Platform for Articulation of Productive Complexes of Amazonian Fruits (PICFA) and the Departamental Federation of Açai […]

    Empower People Educational Resources MAAP Reports
December 22, 2022

Scaling Across the Wider Amazon with New Partners in Ecuador and Venezuela

Thanks to our strategic collaboration with organizations Fundación EcoCiencia in Ecuador and SOS Orinoco in Venezuela, we saw two great successes with reports from our Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Program (MAAP), that resulted in on-the-ground action taken against illegal mining in the Amazon. Together with EcoCiencia, we published a report revealing the alarming illegal […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
December 15, 2022

Strengthening Sustainable Livelihoods

We work to strengthen sustainable livelihoods that empower indigenous peoples to adapt to the impacts of climate change and preserve their ancestral forests. Geronimo Meshi Guahogehua is one of dozens of Amazonian producers from the Palma Real indigenous community in southeast Peru who has seen the impacts of climate change on their livelihoods in a big […]

    Empower People Educational Resources MAAP Reports
December 6, 2022

Our Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) featured in Washington Post

On December 6, 2022, the Washington Post published an article detailing intense illegal mountain-top mining in the supposedly protected national park of Yapacana in the Venezuelan Amazon. The authors, Samantha Schmidt, Ana Vanessa Herrero, and Janice Kai Chen, explain that Cerro Yapacana, revered as a sacred site by indigenous groups in this region of Venezuela […]

    Empower People Western Amazon Newsletter
December 5, 2022

Helping communicators tell the story of the Amazon

  An important element of our work is to build the next generation of conservationists, who can tell the stories of the Amazon to local, national, and international audiences. Our Peruvian sister organization Conservación Amazónica – ACCA hosted a workshop for 15 members of the Cusco Environmental Communicators Network, who had the opportunity to visit […]

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