An incomparable wilderness that spans eight countries, the Amazon stretches from the eastern slope of the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean. It provides one-fifth of the world’s fresh water and is home to the planet’s most diverse collection of birds, primates, freshwater fish and plants. Its forests help mitigate global climate change.
Over the past decade, sustainable management of indigenous lands, protected areas and other land-use policies have dramatically slowed the rate of deforestation. But critical threats remain. Nearly 20 percent of the Amazonian forest has already been lost to logging, mining, cattle ranching, agriculture, roads and dams.
To conserve the forests of the Amazon, we work with local and national governments, the private sector, indigenous communities and NGOs to:
- Support the establishment and effective management of protected areas
- Transform frontier economies
- Address the root causes of deforestation and forest degradation