The Amazon hosts the greatest concentration of species of animals and plants on earth and is the home of an extraordinary range of indigenous cultures who have lived sustainably in this ecosystem for millennia. But the Amazon and the cultures that depend on and support it are under attack! Climate change, extraction of natural resources such as oil and minerals, human development along roads and rivers, and deforestation to make way for cattle grazing are progressively destroying this ecological and cultural treasure! And quite simply, what impacts the Amazon impacts the well-being of the rest of the world.
A critical opportunity for conservation remains at the headwaters of the Amazon basin: the Ecuadorian Andes Amazon region. Much of the Ecuadorian Amazon is still biologically intact, sustaining the highest biodiversity in the world, and the indigenous cultures who reside there are still committed to the preservation of their lands and their cultures. There is still time to work with these peoples to establish and protect critical biocorridors, to protect their lands, and to offer viable alternatives to the allure of destructive development.
To help preserve critical Andes - Amazon landscapes by building the health and economic well-being of the forest and rural peoples who have traditionally cared for them while simultaneously shifting Ecuador’s economic vision from extraction to eco-tourism. Successful conservation initiatives are three-pronged. They require land protection, buy-in of the local people, and governmental support for the conservation effort. To support these requirements, the AAC is pursuing the following projects: