The Kankuamo Indigenous Reserve Expansion in Colombia Promotes Community Resilience and Healing

By Andes Amazon Fund | January 23, 2023

The Andes Amazon Fund celebrates the official expansion of the Kankuamo Indigenous Reserve in the municipality of Valledupar in Colombia’s department of Cesar. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, the newly expanded reserve will protect ecologically significant landscapes and reinforce the territorial integrity of the Kankuamo Indigenous People. The Kankuamo Indigenous community…

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Piñas Joins Forces with other Municipalities to Protect Water Sources

By Andes Amazon Fund | January 11, 2023

On July 29, 2022, the municipality of Piñas in the El Oro Province of Ecuador approved a new Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area measuring 29,886 acres (12,094.50 ha). Piñas is in the Tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot and is home to swiftly flowing rivers and streams, mountain wetlands, lush forests, and wildlife found nowhere else…

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New Municipal Protected Area in Portovelo, Ecuador will Protect Key Water Sources and Minimize Ecological Threats to the Region

By Nicole Friedman | December 5, 2022

Andes Amazon fund applauds the creation of the Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area of Portovelo. The new protected area lies at the headwaters of the Puyango River Basin in El Oro, Ecuador. Created on September 30th, 2022, the Portovelo reserve protects 29,305 acres (11,859 hectares) of critical ecosystems, water sources, and habitats for endemic…

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Indigenous Reserve in the Colombian Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Expanded by 23,313 Acres

By Nicole Friedman | November 11, 2022

Andes Amazon Fund celebrates the expansion of the Arhuaco Indigenous Reserve, also known as a Resguardo, in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region along the Colombian Caribbean in the department of Cesar. Through the expansion process as well as land tenure clarification and a cartographic adjustment to the original territory’s limits, the Arhuaco Reserve was…

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Santa Elena Provincial Protected Area will Safeguard Water Sources and Wildlife in Coastal Ecuador

By Nicole Friedman | October 27, 2022

Andes Amazon Fund celebrates the creation of the Santa Elena Provincial Protected Area, located in the coastal forests of southwestern Ecuador.  The Provincial Council of Santa Elena unanimously approved the declaration of the Provincial System of Conservation and Sustainable Use Areas (SPACUS is the Spanish acronym) of Santa Elena on August 31st, 2022. The declaration…

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Tiwi Nunka becomes Ecuador’s first Indigenous-Led Conservation Area

By Nicole Friedman | October 6, 2022

The Andes Amazon Fund is proud to join in celebrations for the creation of Tiwi Nunka, the first nature reserve managed by an Indigenous community in Ecuador. Located at the junction of the Yacuambi and Kiim rivers in the province of Zamora Chinchipe, this reserve spans 13,585 acres (5,498 hectares) and forms part of Ecuador’s…

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Newly Created Indigenous Reserve La Victoria in Colombia Strengthens Conservation through Indigenous Sovereignty

By Andes Amazon Fund | August 9, 2022

Andes Amazon Fund celebrates the creation of a new Indigenous Reserve, La Victoria between the Amazonas, Caquetá, and Vaupés departments of Colombia. The reserve formally protects 150,878 acres (61,058 hectares) of Colombian Amazon forest by recognizing the territorial rights of the Kawiyarí, Barasano, Tatuyo, Taiwano/Eduria, Tuyuca, Tucano, Cubeo, Desano, Siriano, Yurutí, Carapana, Piratapuyo, Wanano and…

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Conservation Area in Ecuador, Expanded by more than 109,000 Acres

By Andes Amazon Fund | July 13, 2022

The Loja Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area in the Ecuadorian Andes, originally declared in late 2020 with AAF support, was expanded on June 14, 2022 to include an additional 109,279 acres, bringing the area’s total to 182,980 acres. Located on the southeastern slopes of the Andes, the Loja Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area encompasses…

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Colombia and Partners Launch Financing Initiative to Permanently Protect Nation’s Key Landscapes and Seascapes

By Andes Amazon Fund | June 23, 2022

The government of Colombia announced today the launch of a new Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) initiative called Heritage Colombia (Herencia Colombia in Spanish, or HECO for short). PFPs are designed to secure funding for the effective and long-lasting protection of our planet’s most important natural places. This model has already been successfully applied in…

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New Conservation Area in Ecuadorian Andes Protects Vital Water Sources

By Andes Amazon Fund | May 23, 2022

Andes Amazon Fund (AAF) proudly announces the creation of the Quilanga Municipal Conservation Area in Loja, Ecuador. Declared on May 6, 2022, the area spans 26,273 acres (10,623 hectares) of native forest and paramos with an altitudinal range of 6,560 – 8,860 feet above sea level. Its creation is the result of two years of…

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