The andes amazon fund works to ensure ecosystem viability in the amazon headwaters region.
Since 2015, the organization has focused its efforts on the area between the eastern Andes and the upper lowland Amazon. This region hosts the world’s highest levels of species diversity and is the home of many indigenous communities. Therefore, it offers one of the best conservation opportunities in the world.
Much of the Amazon remains state land and its fate has yet to be determined. Now is a unique historical window to expand, consolidate, and financially sustain the conservation of this vast and globally vital ecosystem.
We help establish protected areas by awarding grants to non-profit organizations and institutions, supporting and monitoring the implementation process, and raising public awareness. The Fund is primarily focused in Peru, but also has projects in Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador. AAF is interested in expanding in the region following the acquisition of additional funds.
The staff of AAF is headquartered in Washington, DC. AAF is a project of New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity. New Venture Fund hosts and incubates a wide range of conservation, education, global health, and other charitable projects.
AAF is overseen by a strategic steering committee comprised of renowned Amazonian conservation experts and representatives of donor foundations. Additionally, a smaller advisory board constituted by the donors reviews each proposed grant, while the New Venture Fund Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for ensuring grantmaking procedures are maintained at a high level.
Photos by Ever Chuchullo and Haley Wiebel.