Indigenous communities are at the forefront of forest protection and helping lead the charge to keep wild places safe. We empower these local conservation leaders to protect their ancestral forests through establishing conservation areas, managing natural resources in sustainable ways.
We support indigenous communities in the western Amazon in Peru and Bolivia to establish conservation areas in their ancestral territories to ensure these areas will be kept standing for generations to come.
We do so by providing:
In addition to helping indigenous communities create their own conservation areas, we provide trainings, workshops, technical support and feedback on their natural resource and land uses to ensure their practices are sustainable.
With the support of our local experts, communities are able to create “Life Plans” to manage their lands for present and future use.
There are indigenous tribes who have chosen to live in voluntary isolation, that is, to not have contact with the modern world. These tribes are threatened by growing agricultural, logging, and mining expansions that can result in dangerous conflicts.
We are working with government entities to establish protected territories for these tribes to continue to live in traditional ways.
Our own Los Amigos Conservation Concession in Peru acts as a buffer for an area known to be populated by uncontacted tribes, thus shielding them from potentially life-threatening situations.
Many times, deforestation happens out of a local need for people to make an income and feed their families.
We help communities establish conservation-centered alternatives to destructive activities like gold mining and illegal logging. These alternative, sustainable livelihoods – such as ecotourism, agroforestry, and fish farms – are not only forest-friendly but also yield higher incomes for families, improving their well-being while keeping their forests standing.
concession in the world in Queros, Peru managed by an indigenous community
of wild forests protected and managed by indigenous communities
indigenous community members trained in conservation best practices
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