Planting trees and buying land alone is not enough to address the complex conservation needs of the Amazon. Research studies increasingly show that one-size-fits-all approaches to big environmental problems are not effective.
That is why we have been using a multi-pronged, place-based approach to conservation for the past two decades: it enables us to build long-term relationships with local communities and governments and become their trusted experts, as well as give us a broader understanding of the unique needs of this forest.
“Amazon Conservation helped create local agreements to protect and manage the threatened water resources of my community and provided open training for our members to become leaders in conservation. Now I lead part of the effort to help my community get access to water.”
– Jenny Olivera, local community organizer in Bolivia
“Our ecotourism property is always threatened by illegal gold mining. By partnering with Amazon Conservation to learn how to use drones, we will be able to patrol our forest without having to risk our lives in a conflict with the miners. This program is essential for us and for conservation.”
– Flor Rumayna, sustainable business owner in Peru
“I was able to discover two beetle species new to science thanks to Amazon Conservation’s scholarship for young scientists. It helped broaden my knowledge of the diversity of beetles as I studied them in the field. I’m excited to leave my mark on the scientific community.”
– Maryzender Rodriguez, Peruvian biologist and Amazon Conservation scholarship recipient