Chuyapi Urusayhua Regional Conservation Area: Protecting Cusco’s Cloud Forests and Vital Water Resources

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 24, 2021

A new protected area safeguards tropical biodiversity and increases the resilience of montane communities against climate change. The Regional Government of Cusco, Peru has just declared the Chuyapi Urusayhua Regional Conservation Area, protecting 198,156 acres of lush cloud forest.  Located to the northwest of the iconic Machu Picchu, and ranging from 3,000 to 14,400 feet in…

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New Protection for 273,884 Acres of Intact Cloud Forest in the Bolivian Andes

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 23, 2021

Photo by Juan Pablo Urioste

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Celebrating World Water Day by Protecting Vital Water Resources in Bolivia

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 22, 2021

On World Water Day, we’re excited to announce the recent creation of the Serranía San Lorenzo Municipal Protected Area in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Established on March 16 by the municipality of San Javier, Serranía de San Lorenzo protects 135,279 acres of Chiquitano forests and cerrado savannas, whose conservation will protect vital water resources for the…

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Two New Protected Areas Add 2.8 Million Acres to a Key Biological Corridor Connecting Amazonian and Chiquitano Dry Forests in Bolivia

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 18, 2021

With the recent declarations of the Bajo Paraguá Municipal Protected Areas in San Ignacio de Velasco and Concepción municipalities, a critical conservation corridor has been strengthened in eastern Bolivia. The Bajo Paraguá Municipal Protected Area in San Ignacio, created on February 12th, spans a massive 2,429,061 acres (983,006 ha) of Chiquitano and Amazonian forest. Located…

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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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3 Kichwa Indigenous Communities Titled in Peru, Securing their Ancestral Homeland

By Andes Amazon Fund | February 5, 2021

At the heart of our mission at Andes Amazon Fund is the protection of lands so that indigenous people and nature can flourish. In a remarkable victory for conservation and for the Kichwa people in Peru, Andes Amazon Fund is pleased to announce the titling of three indigenous communities just outside the Maijuna-Kichwa Regional Conservation…

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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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Protecting an Endangered Forest in the Andean Highlands of Bolivia

By Andes Amazon Fund | December 22, 2020

Andes Amazon Fund is pleased to announce the creation of the Mururata Municipal Conservation Area in La Paz, Bolivia on December 12. Located in the municipality of Yanacachi, the new protected area covers 43,014 acres and is part of the Madidi Corridor within the Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot. Mururata extends from snow-covered Andean mountains to…

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Half a Million Acres of Rainforest Protected in Bolivia

By Andes Amazon Fund | December 22, 2020

The Pando region of northern Bolivia is blanketed with the southwestern limit of Amazonian rainforest. Its diverse vegetation harbors abundant wildlife. The newly established Puerto Rico Municipal Conservation Area, declared in November 2020, conserves 513,408 acres of this incredible forest, expanding a huge ecological corridor running through Pando. The Puerto Rico area connects the Santa…

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