Andes Amazon (Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Guyana)

Credit: Ronald Catpo, Amazon Conservation Association (ACA)

Credit: Ronald Catpo, Amazon Conservation Association (ACA)

The Wyss Foundation is providing an $8.5 million grant to the Andes Amazon Fund to work with governments, local communities, and other stakeholders to permanently protect critically important, intact forests in the headwaters of the Amazon River basin. This funding will support more than twenty local organizations, such as Nature and Culture International (NCI), Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (SPDA), Conservación Amazónica (ACA/ACCA), Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) and Fundación para la Conservación y el Desarrollo Sostenible (FCDS) to create new protected areas and improve their management throughout Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador.

Already, the Wyss Foundation’s support for the Amazon has contributed to the creation of 44 new protected areas in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, and Ecuador and the protection of more than 13.3 million acres. The new grant will secure protections for 5 million acres in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia in the coming years, support expansion of protected areas work to Brazil and Guyana, create and strengthen the protection of Uncontacted Indigenous Reserves in Peru, and support two new protected area sustainability funds in Peru and Colombia to secure the future of the countries’ national park systems. The Amazon region and lands along the eastern flank of the Andes Mountains are the most valuable area in the world for biodiversity conservation. The rain and cloud forests in the Amazon and the Andes Mountains’ eastern flank support habitat for one-third of the planet’s species of flora and fauna, generate almost a quarter of Earth’s freshwater, and provide a global sink for carbon that is critical to regulating the planet’s climatic cycles.

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