The andes amazon fund (AAF) works to ensure ecosystem viability in the amazon headwaters region.
Since 2015, we have focused our efforts on the area between the eastern Andes mountains and the upper lowland Amazon in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, and Ecuador. 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.
Our mission is to conserve the biodiversity, ecosystem function, and environmental health of the Amazon headwaters by expanding the array of protected areas at national, regional, and local level while improving their management and long term financial viability. We do this by by awarding grants to non-profit organizations and institutions, supporting and monitoring the implementation process, and raising public awareness.
Protected areas are legally designated spaces designed to ensure the long-term preservation of nature and, in many cases, local and indigenous cultures. Examples of these areas include national parks, regional conservation areas, private conservation areas, and conservation concessions.
1. The creation of new conservation areas in the headwaters of the Amazon. We support the establishment of national-level protected areas, regional conservation areas, private conservation areas, conservation concessions, non-timber forest product concessions, and other land designations that provide legal protection and improve the conservation status of high biodiversity areas.
2. Improved management of conservation areas. AAF invests in planning, monitoring, training, enforcement, infrastructure, and related services. Rather than funding recurring management costs, AAF prefers to provide initial support for newly created areas or make strategic investments that can reduce the threats to an area or increase capacity to address them.
3. Securing long-term financing streams for the management of priority areas. AAF funds strategies such as payment for ecosystem service mechanisms, tourism, public-private partnerships, and more.
The office 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.
Photos by Ever Chuchullo, Alvaro del Campo, and Haley Wiebel.