Help communities and concessionaires develop and improve the sustainable production of forest products, such as Brazil nuts and açaí berries.
Support forest users to protect their lands and resources from threats like illegal logging and gold mining.
Provide the technology and training that communities and governments need to better monitor and manage their natural resources.
Provide tools and build the capacities of governments and communities to work together to reduce threats to the forest, improve the context for conservation, and apply the law.
Create opportunities for the next generation of conservationists by supporting research and providing scholarships for young biologists and deliver environmental education programs to school-aged children.
Through supporting sustainable livelihoods that keep forests standing, we are empowering local communities like Santa Rosa del Abuná in Bolivia. We’ve partnered with them to improve how they manage the açaí berry – the popular palm fruit dubbed as one of the ten new superfoods in the world. Using our expertise and technology, we developed a GIS program to locate and manage their açaí trees, designed an innovative safety harness to make harvesting berries less dangerous, and taught best practices for transforming the fruit (which only lasts a few days after being harvested) into pulp and storing it to generate higher profits. Working together has improved incomes across the community, making their lives better and their forests healthier.
We partner with five educational institutions in Madre de Dios, Peru – an area heavily affected by illegal gold mining and deforestation – to get children to connect with and learn about the forests they call home. We deliver a unique environmental education program for youth aged 10-16 years, where they learn how to use camera trap technology to monitor and understand the wildlife with whom they share a forest. After analyzing information from camera trap images and videos, the students present their findings to community groups, including local government officials. By engaging students on environmental protection topics early on, we not only inspire and train these conservationists of tomorrow, but help them become the messengers of today by sharing this knowledge at home, affecting a change in attitude across all generations.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]