Two New Protected Areas in Bolivia Protect Important Montane Ecosystems

By Andes Amazon Fund | June 9, 2021

Two new municipal conservation areas were recently established in the department of La Paz that safeguard humid montane forests and vital water resources. Río Chuñuuma, declared by the municipality of Coroico on March 26, and Rincón del Tigre y Cajones, declared by the municipality of Caranavi on April 22, span a combined 50,444 acres of…

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Celebrating World Environment Day 2021 with 100 areas protected

By Andes Amazon Fund | June 7, 2021

Last month, we reached a milestone in our efforts to conserve the biodiversity and cultural integrity of the Andes and Amazon – 100 areas protected! And now, in celebration of World Environment Day, we reflect on this accomplishment, and the challenges ahead. As studies have shown, securing legal status either as a protected area or…

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Peru’s new Bosques Secos del Marañón Regional Conservation Area Protects Unique Dry Forests Along South America’s “Grand Canyon”

By Andes Amazon Fund | May 13, 2021

Established on May 12, the Bosques Secos del Marañón Regional Conservation Area will protect the rare Marañón dry forest ecoregion, an area underrepresented in the Peruvian National Protected Area System.  Situated along the Marañón River in the Cajamarca Region, this new area protects 53,856 acres containing one of the highest rates of endemism of plant…

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New Regional Conservation Area Protects the Largest Extension of Páramo in Cajamarca and over 250 Species of Birds

By Andes Amazon Fund | May 6, 2021

The Páramos y Bosques Montanos de Jaén y Tabaconas Regional Conservation Area, established on May 5 in the department of Cajamarca, Peru protects 77,930 acres of páramo, a unique, high altitude Andean ecosystem important for the provision of water. It is located in the Chamaya and Chinchipe River basins, with an altitude ranging from 4,900…

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Joining forces for Bajo Paraguá

By Andes Amazon Fund | April 30, 2021

A few months ago, the Bajo Paraguá Municipal Protected Areas were created in Bolivia through the hard work of AAF grantee Fundación Natura Bolivia and partners. This past week, they traveled to the area to meet with local leaders and inhabitants to install and inaugurate the Bajo Paragua’s official identification signs and demarcation posts. The…

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New 2.7-million-acre Yavarí Tapiche Indigenous Reserve Established in Peru to Protect Indigenous People Living in Voluntary Isolation

By Andes Amazon Fund | April 19, 2021

Andes Amazon Fund celebrates the creation of the 2.7-million-acre Yavarí Tapiche Indigenous Reserve in the department of Loreto in Peru on April 10, marking a victory for the protection of isolated Indigenous people and the Amazonian forests they depend on for their survival. Indigenous Reserves are designated by the Peruvian government for the protection of…

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The Amazon’s Beating Heart: A Voluntary and Communal Conservation Network Caring for Peru’s Ecosystem

By Andes Amazon Fund | April 9, 2021

Since our inception, Andes Amazon Fund (AAF) has focused on conserving the biodiversity, ecosystems, and environmental health of the Andes and Amazon. Through grants awarded to dedicated local nonprofits, we’ve been able to support not only the establishment of new conservation areas but also to invest in their improved management, so they are made to…

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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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