Local forest communities and indigenous peoples are particularly vulnerable to the pandemic as they lack access to proper care and face constant invasions and loss of their ancestral lands. As a local organization in Peru and Bolivia, our staff – the majority of whom are from the very communities they support – work to empower these local communities, indigenous peoples, and government officials to make conservation happen in the Amazon. Their jobs just got harder because of the pandemic. We’re now finding innovative ways of using technology to keep conservation moving forward, but we need your help.
You can help ensure they can continue working to support local people in keeping the rainforest protected for a healthy future beyond COVID-19.
Use satellite technology to monitor deforestation across the Amazon while on-the-ground monitoring is not possible.
Protect the territories of indigenous peoples and local communities as we detect and report potential invasions of their lands in real-time.
Keep our front-line conservation staff moving forward in conservation by adapting their work to preventative mobility restrictions in Peru and Bolivia.
Directly protect of some of the world's last uncontacted indigenous tribes by safeguarding the ancestral forests on which their health and survival depends.
Support analysis of how COVID-19 is impacting the Amazon's forests, animals, and peoples.
Mario’s job is to help local communities in the Amazon, but the current pandemic is bringing new challenges that make his front-line work more difficult.
For years, he’s worked with us to help families from the local community of Santa Rosa del Abuná in Bolivia make a better living through sustainable economic activities like harvesting Brazil nuts and açaí berries. He’s worked together with these families to pilot a safety harness to make collecting açaí berries safer, conducted workshops on how to conserve their forests, and was starting to help the community build a small açaí pulp processing plant on-site so they could increase the value of their forest products as well as their income. Since these nuts and berries can only be harvested in healthy forests, Mario and the local community put conservation at the forefront of all of their activities.
But as COVID-19 impacts Bolivia, he is unable to reach the community and continue to support them in creating a better life for their families and keeping their forests protected.
You can help Mario and those in the front-lines of protecting forests move to a future beyond COVID-19.
Please note that Amazon Conservation Association and its sister organizations are conservation-based organizations. We do not provide health-related services or disaster-relief funds to individuals or organizations where we work on the ground in Peru and Bolivia or in the other Amazonian countries where we provide satellite monitoring of deforestation (Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia). We do help local communities, indigenous peoples, and governments in protecting their forests, keeping wildlife in the wild, and implementing and promoting sustainable livelihoods.