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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New Conservation Concession in the Cloud Forests of Peru Expands Corridor of Protected Areas

By Andes Amazon Fund | April 25, 2022

Andes Amazon Fund (AAF) celebrates the creation of the Camanti Sostenible Conservation Concession in the Camanti district of Cusco, Peru. The area protects 38,172 acres (15,448 hectares) of one of the most impressive cloud forests in the southwestern Amazonia, ranging in altitude from 1,800 to 7,200 feet (550-2,200 meters) above sea level. Camanti Sostenible adds…

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Municipality of Cobija in northwestern Bolivia Safeguards Water Resources for 80,000 People by Establishing New Protected Area

By Andes Amazon Fund | April 22, 2022

Andes Amazon Fund celebrates the creation of the Bahia Watershed Municipal Protected Area in the department of Pando in Bolivia. The area protects 8,952 acres (3,623 hectares) of montane and Amazonian forests in a region considered as a priority for biodiversity conservation by the Bolivian government. Pando is the only department of Bolivia that completely overlaps…

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Municipal Conservation Area in Bolivia Expands Protection of Madidi National Park Buffer Zone

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 31, 2022

The Serranías de Altuncama-Apolo Municipal Conservation Area Complex in La Paz, Bolivia was declared on October 19, 2021, and protects more than 20,600 acres of montane forests and savannas in the buffer zone of the world-famous Madidi National Park. The Altuncama-Apolo mountain range includes several unique rock formations and is an important source of water…

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2021 Review and Impact Report

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 24, 2022

This past year, Andes Amazon Fund (AAF) and our partner organizations worked tirelessly to protect wilderness areas and Indigenous lands. In spite of the challenges due to the pandemic, we achieved some remarkable successes. More than 5.8 million acres (2.4 million hectares) received new legal protection with AAF support in 2021, bringing the total area…

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New Protected Areas in Southern Ecuador Conserve Nearly 120,000 Acres of Key Freshwater Sources

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 8, 2022

Andes Amazon Fund celebrates the establishment of the Espíndola and Catamayo Municipal Conservation Areas in the province of Loja, Ecuador. These areas protect native forests and endemic species that add to an ecological corridor that includes Podocarpus and Yacuri National Parks. As a result, these connected ecosystems can thrive and build resilience for local communities…

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New Bosques del Futuro Conservation Concession is Peru’s First to be Administered by a Local Government

By Andes Amazon Fund | January 20, 2022

The new Bosques del Futuro (Forests of the Future) Conservation Concession in Peru protects 2,338 acres of a unique and fragile ecosystem in the San Martin region. It was declared on November 5, 2021. The area has registered unique flora and fauna that includes the balata tree (Manilkara bidentata), a unique species of staghorn fern…

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New Private Conservation Area in Peru Protects Buffer Zone of Historic Machu Picchu

By Andes Amazon Fund | January 12, 2022

With just a few days left before 2022, Peru announced the creation of the Misquiyaco Private Conservation Area in Cusco on December 29, 2021. It lies in the buffer zone of historic Machu Picchu and protects 4,443 acres of rich flora and fauna. The area has registered up to 74 bird species, 10 of which…

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Indigenous Community in Madre de Dios, Peru, Achieves Recognition of “Nihii Eupa Francisco” Conservation Area in their Communal Territory

By Andes Amazon Fund | January 5, 2022

Andes Amazon Fund is proud to announce the creation of the “Nihii Eupa Francisco” Private Conservation Area by the Indigenous Community of Boca Pariamanu in Madre de Dios and the Peruvian Ministry of Environment on December 29, 2021. The area’s inhabitants are the Boca Pariamanu Native Community of the Amahuaca ethnic group and Pano linguistic…

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Illescas National Reserve: A New Migratory Bird Haven on the Coast of Peru

By Andes Amazon Fund | January 3, 2022

The day before Christmas on December 24, 2021, Peru celebrated the establishment of the Illescas National Reserve, a migratory bird haven that runs along the Pacific coastline of the region of Piura. The reserve protects 90,319 acres (37,453 ha) of tropical desert and marine coastline that are home to diverse and endemic species. The area…

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