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Ensuring long-term conservation of the Amazon

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Since 2001, we've helped conserve over 150 million hectares in the Amazon — an area nearly four times the size of California.

An incomparable wilderness that spans eight countries and one territory, the Amazon stretches from the eastern slopes 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, mammals, freshwater fish and plants. Its forests help mitigate global climate change.

Over the past decade, sustainable management of protected areas and indigenous lands, as well as land-use policies, have dramatically slowed the rate of deforestation. But significant threats remain. Nearly 20 percent of Amazonian forest cover has already been lost to logging, mining, hydrocarbon and infrastructure development, cattle ranching and agriculture.

Local and national governments, the private sector, indigenous communities and NGOs are working independently and in partnership with each other to conserve the forests of the Amazon. We support work to scale up three types of conservation strategies applied by these institutions in targeted geographies:

  • Improve monitoring and management of protected area systems and establish sustainable finance structures;
  • Integrate protected areas into regional land-use planning and develop their economic potential; and
  • Increase management effectiveness of targeted individual protected areas and indigenous territories.

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Recent Grants

$854,000.00 Jun 2015 Integrated Conservation Action Plan for the Management of the Madeira (BR-319) Mosaic, Brazil Instituto Internacional de Educação do Brasil
$400,000.00 May 2015 Consolidating the Calha Norte Mosaic, Brazil Instituto do Homem e Meio Ambiente da Amazonia
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Team

Avecita Chicchón, Ph.D., Program Director, Andes-Amazon

Avecita leads the Andes-Amazon team at the foundation and the team that is developing new work on sustainable agriculture.  Avecita has over 25 years of experience in natural resource use, biodiv…

Paulina Arroyo, Program Officer, Andes-Amazon

Born in Ecuador and raised in Virginia, Paulina went to Ecuador for a “brief” period to do field work after graduating from college. Since then, she has dedicated her career to working on …

Marina Campos, Ph.D., Program Officer, Andes-Amazon

Marina manages a portfolio of grants addressing a wide range of drivers of deforestation in the Andes-Amazon region. Prior to joining the foundation, Marina was the program director at the Rainforest …

Marisela Chávez, Program Associate, Andes-Amazon

Marisela is a program associate with the foundation’s Andes-Amazon Initiative. Born in California into a family with strong roots in Mexico, Marisela spent the majority of her childhood gro…

Michael Painter, Ph.D., Program Officer, Andes-Amazon

Michael Painter is a Program Officer with the Andes-Amazon team.   Previously, Michael worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for over 17 years. His final position was Director…