Business as usual doesn’t cut it when it comes to protecting the Amazon. We go beyond the basics to empower individuals, families, and entire communities to create and promote sustainable businesses that elevate local economies while protecting vital forests.
As stewards of the Amazon, we believe it is our duty not only to protect the forest but to instill in others the desire to keep this magical place safe.
One of the ways we do that is by managing premier research stations and lodges in the Amazon, where students, scientists, and tourists can study and explore the rainforest, all without damaging it. All proceeds from trips directly support our conservation efforts on the ground.
We help Amazonian entrepreneurs create, manage, and promote sustainable businesses like community-based ecotourism, natural oil production businesses, fish farming, and other small businesses that are forest-friendly.
We provide them with expert advice, technological tools, and educational opportunities to manage their land and improve their conservation focus.
Handicrafts go hand in hand with ecotourism.
That is why we support the local women making their livelihoods out of producing traditional textiles, jewelry, sculptures, and artwork for tourists and guests to their forests.
By promoting their work, encouraging tourists to buy local, and increasing traffic to their business, we help build the economies of Amazonian communities.
Sustainable seafood is seafood that is either caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of the oceans, as well as the livelihoods of fisheries-dependent communities.
We support Amazonian communities in creating and maintaining over 200 fish farms that produce over 150 tons of fish per year. In addition, we’re helping communities harvest native fish in sustainable ways and educating them to test the water quality of their rivers to ensure the fish is safe for consumption.
Per year from our staff experts to support eco-entrepreneurs and help their businesses succeed
In the value of their Brazil nuts due to improvements and education provided by Amazon Conservation
Supporting 35 local ecotourism entrepreneurs host 35,000 visitors a year, producing over $1 million in revenue for local economies.
“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
The season of açaí harvesting has begun in the Bolivian Amazon. To welcome its return our sister organization on the ground in Bolivia, Conservación Amazónica – ACEAA, celebrated at the department of Pando’s first annual Açaí Fair on April 13th. We’ve been working to strengthen and improve açaí harvesting for many years now, as the […]
Earlier this month, we worked with our in-country partner EcoCiencia to document the rapid illegal mining expansion threatening the Ecuadorian Amazon. With our satellite-based tools, we were able to identify the mining in real-time, and report it to local authorities, media, and the general public. Days after we launched the report, both the government and […]
This month we launched the Amazon Fruit and Climate Change Observatory in Bolivia, which is the culmination of a 10-month project that focuses on strengthening the management of non-timber forest products in the Bolivian Amazon rainforest such as açaí, Brazil nuts, cacao or copoazu. Not only do non-timber forest products help prevent deforestation by placing […]