Within the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Environmental Conservation Program, its Andes-Amazon Initiative collaborates with a host of public and private entities who share a common interest in long-term, sustainable conservation in Latin America, across the Amazon biome.
One key approach to securing built-to-last conservation management and financing for national protected areas is known as “project finance for permanence.” PFPs can leverage international funding to be matched with funding from in-country sources. In this way, they effectively establish sustainable finance and management mechanisms for large-scale conservation. These arrangements bring together multiple stakeholders — private donors, multi- and bi-laterals, NGOs and governments — around a shared objective and fundraising targets.
PFPs have become central to the foundation's Andes-Amazon Initiative, helping to ensure that protected areas in the region endure for future generations. Outside South America, the foundation has also supported these projects in Canada and Costa Rica, yielding globally significant conservation outcomes through the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement and Forever Costa Rica.Brazil
The first Amazonian PFP, Brazil’s vast Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) program, launched in 2014 after nearly two decades of fundraising, planning and securing immense expanses of land for conservation. ARPA aims to conserve 60 million hectares in perpetuity.
The long list of supporters includes Amazon Fund/BNDES, Brazil Ministry of the Environment, Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (FUNBIO), Brazilian private donors, Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, Fundação Boticário, Global Environment Facility, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Government of Brazil, Inter-American Development Bank, Joseph and Carson Gleberman, KfW German Development Bank, Linden Trust for Conservation, Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Natura, Redstone Strategy Group, Roger and Vicki Sant, State Governments of Brazil: Acre, Amazonas, Amapá, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondonia and Tocantins, Wendy and Hank Paulson, World Bank and World Wildlife Fund.Peru
In 2015, World Wildlife Fund, the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, Ministry of the Environment, Profonanpe, Blue Moon Fund and the Moore Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with Peru's National Park Service (SERNANP) to engage decision makers and champion sustainable financing for parks. “Patrimonio del Peru,” or Peru’s Legacy committed to raising ~$120 million in international cooperation funds and leverage national funding to secure 19.2 million hectares of protected areas.Colombia
In December 2015, a memorandum of understanding to achieve sustainable financing and improved management of Colombia’s national parks system was signed by Colombia’s Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development, the Natural National Parks of Colombia, World Wildlife Fund, the Fund for Biodiversity and Protected Areas – Natural Heritage, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International and the Moore Foundation.
Through support for these projects in Brazil, Peru and Colombia, the Moore Foundation is helping to ensure that existing and newly created indigenous lands and protected areas across the Amazon biome have the financing and management mechanisms needed to enable their long-term effectiveness.
- To learn more about foundation funding for these projects, see the related grants below.
- This WWF video explains PFPs.
- Read about PFPs in "A Big Deal for Conservation," Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2012.