MAAP Report: Protected areas & Indigenous territories effective against deforestation in the western amazon

By Andes Amazon Fund | July 29, 2021

New MAAP report findings in the Western Amazon reveal protected areas had the lowest primary forest loss rate, closely followed by Indigenous territories, meaning the establishment and effective management of protected areas & Indigenous territories works to prevent deforestation. For full report, please click below.

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Critical Water Resources and New Frog Species Protected in Newly Established El Guabo Municipal Conservation Area – Ecuador

By Andes Amazon Fund | June 23, 2021

The El Guabo Municipal Conservation Area, established on June 15, protects 31,812 acres of cloud and montane forests, paramo grasslands, and wetlands in the province of El Oro. El Guabo is home to three recently described species of terrestrial frogs discovered in 2016 thanks to an investigation by the National Institute of Biodiversity – Ecuador. Other species…

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A New Conservation Area in Ecuador Contributes to the Sangay-Podocarpus Connectivity Corridor

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 16, 2021

The Santiago de Méndez Municipal Conservation Area, created on March 9, protects 34,051 acres of montane forests and páramo grasslands in Morona Santiago, Ecuador. It conserves ecosystems and wildlife in the Sangay-Podocarpus Connectivity Corridor and safeguards water sources for more than 15,000 people living in nearby communities. Its abundant fauna includes 47 species of mammals, 152…

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A Look Back at 2020

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 1, 2021

This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic challenged people across the world, and the countries sharing the Amazon were among the most impacted. Indigenous peoples experienced higher mortality rates than in urban areas. And despite the illusion that stay-at-home orders would allow nature a chance to heal, the opposite occurred in many parts of the basin,…

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Our COVID-19 Response

By Andes Amazon Fund | February 3, 2021

Several of the regions where Andes Amazon Fund works are among those most affected by COVID-19 in Latin America. As governments struggle to get adequate care to those most in need across all corners of the Amazon, several of our grantees are among those organizations most in touch with local needs. Considering this, Andes Amazon…

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Kicking off 2021 by Protecting Critical Water Resources and Threatened Species

By Andrea Díaz | January 21, 2021

Andes Amazon Fund is delighted to announce three new conservation areas created through our support in 2021. Created on January 19, the Cuenca Municipal Conservation Areas in Ecuador are comprised of Machángara, Mazán, and Curiquingue-Gallocantana Municipal Conservation Areas and together total an area of 48,277 acres in the municipality of Cuenca. You can read more…

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Connecting a Key Biological Corridor in Ecuador

By Andes Amazon Fund | December 23, 2020

Covering an area of 56,327 acres, Palora Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area in Ecuador, created on December 16, connects the cloud forests of the eastern Andes to the Amazon plains. Palora houses a remarkable range of species in its paramo grasslands and cloud forests that includes a large bird population of tanagers and hummingbirds.…

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What’s the Buzz All About? 60,599 Acres of Habitat Conserved for Native Bees in Ecuador

By Andrea Díaz | November 13, 2020

On November 12th, the Puyango Municipal Conservation Area in Loja, Ecuador was expanded by 60,599 acres with AAF support. The reserve now protects 71,622 acres of precious humid forest as well as rare tropical dry forest. Puyango is one of the first reserves created in Ecuador dedicated to the protection of native stingless bees, hard-working…

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Introducing Loja Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area in Ecuador: Protecting 73,701 Acres of Wildlife and Water Resources

By Andrea Díaz | October 27, 2020

The new Loja Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area in the Ecuadorian Andes, declared on October 27, protects 73,701 acres. Divided into 13 blocks throughout Loja, the new area saves wildlife and water sources for 200,000 people.  Loja Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area, located on the southeastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses cloud and…

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Expansion of Paltas Municipal Conservation Area Conserves an Additional 32,392 Acres

By Andrea Díaz | August 17, 2020

The expansion of Paltas Municipal Conservation Area in Ecuador now brings its total size to 41,020 acres. The new area is divided into six “blocks” within the municipality and conserves some of the last remnants of dry forest in Ecuador.

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