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
At 2022’s COP15 (the United Nations Biodiversity Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity) in Montreal, Peru announced the recognition of Los Amigos Conservation Concession as its first of two Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECM), as part of Peru’s efforts to meet the goal set by the Biological Diversity Agreement […]
On December 20, 2022, with technical support from our sister organization in Bolivia, Conservación Amazónica – ACEAA, the Mayor’s office of Porvenir in the Amazonian department of Pando, established the Natural Area of Integrated Management of the Porvenir Forest. This new protected area will ensure the health and sustainable management of these productive forests with […]
On January 11, 2023, Science Magazine, one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, published an article on the effects of illegal gold mining in rivers around the world, including the Peruvian Amazon. Legal and illegal gold mining activity has surged over the past 20 years and affects 173 large rivers in 49 countries today. […]