Keeping forests standing is crucial for a healthy planet and affects our daily lives without us knowing it.
We have created replicable conservation models for conservation, most notably the concept of conservation concessions, where a national government relies on a private partner such as us to manage public land for conservation.
In 2000, we created the 360,000-acre Los Amigos Conservation Concession, the first of its kind in the world, and have been successfully managing it since then.
This model of conservation has been successfully applied elsewhere in the region and around the world, helping remove the financial and operational burden of land management from strained governments.
We protect landscapes with an eye toward the big picture of connecting tracts of protected areas over time, magnifying our impact for biodiversity conservation.
Our impact goes beyond the boundaries of the conservation areas we help create. We work in the vast land between conservation areas to ensure connectivity among them.
By doing so, we ensure animals can move across uninterrupted patches of tropical forests, which is vital for species preservation and a healthy forest.
Directly protecting forests is at the core of all the conservation efforts we do.
We focus on identifying, creating and caring for parks, reserves, and other types of conservation areas.
We work with governments, individual landowners, indigenous communities, and others to build a network of protected lands in Peru and Bolivia, creating a living conservation mosaic.
Amazon Conservation has reforested degraded lands with over 250,000 trees to date, most through community-based reforestation projects in the Manu National Park buffer zone.
We prioritize reforestation with native species, which help restore ecosystems and ensure continued provision of ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration, water regulation, and soil conservation.
Based on our data on carbon stocks and annual productivity in this region, we estimate reforestation with native montane forest species will sequester approximately 174 MT CO2 per acre over 16 years.
Our reforestation model is linked with a holistic approach to strengthening community land management, including territorial planning and reclaiming ancestral agricultural practices. This both improves long-term durability of conservation outcomes and increases household incomes.
We defend the forests which cannot defend themselves.
By using cutting-edge technology like satellite imagery, radar, drones, and camera traps through our MAAP Project and our Southwest Amazon Drone Center, we are able to find, track, and expose deforestation happening on the ground in near-real time.
This enables us to alert the public and local authorities to mobilize and stop deforestation before it gets to a point of no return.
Our research stations in Peru and Bolivia offer premier facilities in strategic locations of the Andean Amazon’s altitudinal gradient that allow scientists to conduct short-term and long-term studies on the ground.
These studies contribute to the global scientific community, raise awareness about tropical ecology and conservation, and inform our conservation decisions.
Conservation concessions and conservation corridors are critical to protecting forest cover and biodiversity across the southwestern Amazon.
In 2019, we reported record high levels of gold mining deforestation in the southern Peruvian Amazon, with the Camanti area in the Cusco region representing one of the top three most threatened areas after La Pampa and Upper Malinowski. But this past week the protected area was officially established as the Camanti Sostenible Conservation Concession, […]
Apolo is the second largest municipality in the Bolivian department of La Paz and overlaps with nationally important protected areas, including the Madidi National Park (7,320 sq mi, 18,960 sq km) and Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve. Our sister organization on the ground in Bolivia has worked with this community since 2015 to protect critical water […]
Ruthmery Pillco, who leads field activities for our Andean Bear Conservation Project, was recently announced as one of fifteen Disney Conservation Heroes, recognized for their efforts to protect the planet. She joins a diverse global community of indigenous conservationists protecting critically endangered and threatened species such as Grauer’s gorillas, golden lion tamarin monkeys, and leatherback […]