Amazon Conservation Association

More than half of the Amazon may be destroyed by 2030. The forest is now reaching its tipping point.

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Washington, DC – EIN 522211305 amazonconservation.org

Uniting science, people, and innovation for a thriving Amazon.

The Amazon is essential for the health of our planet and for our survival as a species. As guardians of the most iconic forest on the planet, we bring together the power of science and technology, traditional knowledge of local peoples, and the support of everyday people like you to create innovative conservation solutions that balance the needs of people and nature.

Despite its globally-acknowledged importance, unchecked deforestation is taking the Amazon closer to its “tipping point” where it will no longer be able to generate its own rainfall and support its ecosystems.

By combining our boots-on-the-ground approach with the latest in science and technology, as well as working to empower local peoples, governments, and indigenous communities, we are making a difference to save the Amazon.

A thriving Amazon matters to the people who live there, to the countries it encompasses, and to the entire world.
This Amazon contains the single largest tropical rainforest on the planet. Covering some 40% of the South American continent, it spans more than 1600 million acres across nine countries. Stretching east from the foothills of the Andes Mountains, the upland glaciers, streams, and wetlands feed the Amazon Rivers that wind all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, creating the world’s largest river basin. The Amazon’s forests and waters make it the most important terrestrial biome on the planet.

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Amazon Conservation Association

Amazon Conservation Association
Non-governmental organization
Founded1999
HeadquartersWashington, DC
Revenue7,834,629 United States dollar (2016) Edit this on Wikidata
Websitehttp://www.amazonconservation.org

Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to conserve the biodiversity of the Amazon basin through the development of new scientific understanding, sustainable resource management and rational land-use policy.

Founded in 1999 by tropical ecologists Adrian Forsyth and Enrique Ortiz, the organization works in close partnership with the Peruvian nonprofit organization Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica (ACCA), headquartered in Cuzco, and ACA-Bolivia, headquartered in La Paz. ACA and its sister organizations work by conducting scientific research and establishing partnerships with governments, local communities and other conservation organizations to expand the amount of land protected in the region.

A principal objective of the organization is to develop field research sites ranging from high elevation cloud forest to the lowland Amazonian forest. It is this altitudinal gradient that harbors the greatest known richness of species on the planet. At the ACA field sites university students and researchers are brought to study and observe this diverse ecosystem.

Programs

Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP)

Mining in Peru detected by ACA using Planet imagery

The Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) uses remotely sensed images of deforestation events in the Andean Amazon to identify potential causes of forest loss. They combine the use of NASA Earth observations and derived forest loss datasets with high-resolution imagery from Planet and DigitalGlobe to identify drivers of deforestation.[1] These case studies are published regularly and have documented a variety of deforestation drivers including hydroelectric dams, fires, cattle ranching, gold mining, oil palm plantations, oil extraction, and agriculture. Results are synthesized to identify patterns in deforestation in the region.[2] MAAP reports have led to improved policies and conservation actions in the Amazon.

The Brazil Nut Project

ACA works with castanheiros (Brazil nut harvesters or producers) in the southwestern Amazon to both ensure that local and indigenous populations have a sustainable source of income and provide an incentive to conserve native forests.[3] Land areas that contain castanhais, or Brazil nut forests, range from several hundred to several thousand acres in size and are given in concession (territory) to local families for the nut collecting, also known as extraction. This extractive activity represents more than half the yearly income for thousands of families in these areas, and so far has politically justified the protection of the Brazil nut concession areas for extractive purposes. ACA's program offers technical support to castanheiros, helping them map their trees, redesign extractive trails, and earn more by teaching more efficient gathering techniques.

Mining expansion in Peru detected by ACA reported in a MAAP article using Planet imagery

Through its partner in Peru, La Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazoncia (ACCA), ACA has helped to increase the number of Brazil nut producers in the department of Madre de Dios, Peru who have contracts and formal management plans to extract this sustainable resource. In 2006, ACCA assisted 93 small-scale producers gain government approval for Brazil nut extraction in 80,598 acres (326 km2) of forest. The organization worked with these producers to map their stands, develop forest management plans, and win 40-year concession contracts with the Peruvian National Institute for Natural Resources (INRENA). Producers were also trained in sustainable forest management through workshops, meetings, and technical assistance.

Los Amigos Conservation Concession

In 2000, ACA and its local partner ACCA established the world's first private conservation concession, called Los Amigos ("Friends", in Spanish).[4] The Los Amigos Conservation Concession lies at the mouth of the Los Amigos River and covers approximately 360,000 acres (1,500 km2) of old growth of Amazonian forest in the department of Madre de Dios in southeastern Peru.[5]Here, the organization focuses on sustainable forest management, research activities, conservation education in local schools, and natural resource management training for communities. The Los Amigos Biological Station, commonly known by its Spanish acronym, CICRA (Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Río Los Amigos) sits on a high terrace at the confluence of the Madre de Dios and Los Amigos rivers, contiguous to the Los Amigos Conservation Concession.

In 2005–2007, CICRA was the most active research station in the Amazon basin, hosting an average of 25 researchers and assistants per day. During the same period, it hosted 145 different research projects addressing animal behavior, biogeochemistry, botany, conservation biology, geology, hydrology, zoology, as well as biological inventories of 25 different taxa, ranging from copepods to marsupials. Most research visitors are associated with universities in Peru or abroad, and many receive funding to visit the station through ACA's and ACCA's grant programs. CICRA is also a leading training site for young Amazonian scientists and conservationists. Between 2002 and 2007, the station hosted 19 field courses, ranging from introductory courses on Amazonia to specialized courses on plant identification, ornithology, and arthropod biology.

Wayqecha Cloud Forest

The Wayqecha (meaning "friend" in Quechua) Research Center covers 1,450 acres (6 km2) of cloud forest habitat, and serves as an ecological buffer for Peru's Manú National Park. At 3,000 masl, the Wayqecha Biological Station sponsors research on cloud forest ecology and climate change and species adaptation. Since 2003, ACA has offered a competitive grant program for Peruvian students and international researchers that are interested in cloud forest science and conservation.[6]

Pampas del Heath

ACA-Bolivia works to understand the ecology of the Madidi National Park and the last portion of the pampas ecosystem, home of the maned wolf.

References

  1. ^ "Methodology". MAAP. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  2. ^ "About MAAP". MAAP. 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2018-05-10.
  3. ^ "Conserving Brazil Nut Forests". www.amazonconservation.org. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Concesiones para conservación". www.inrena.gob.pe. National Institute of Natural Resources, Peru. 18 January 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-09-17. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  5. ^ Janovec, John; Galvan, Adan (14 August 2003). "The Los Amigos Conservation Area". cnx.org. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  6. ^ "Funding Research Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow". www.amazonconservation.org. 22 October 2006. Retrieved 14 August 2020. See also: "Field Research Grants". www.amazonconservation.org. Archived from the original on 2007-10-30.

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AMAZON CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

WASHINGTON, DC 20005-3476 | Tax-exempt since Sept. 2000
  • EIN: 52-2211305
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (Environmental Quality, Protection and Beautification )
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
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Total Functional Expenses $5,038,940
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Royalties $134 0.0%
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Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
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Investment income $3,331 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $146 0.0%
Rental property income $9,625 0.2%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
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Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
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Total Liabilities $61,130
Net Assets $3,617,569
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Net income $1,043,505
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Program services $259,949 6.3%
Investment income $2,171 0.1%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $133 0.0%
Rental property income $13,083 0.3%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $2,128 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $0
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $321,994 10.5%
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Total Liabilities $56,776
Net Assets $2,971,709
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Program services $221,270 8.8%
Investment income $6,376 0.3%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $133 0.0%
Rental property income $15,698 0.6%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $35,183 1.4%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
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Total Liabilities $115,699
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Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $227,054 12.9%
Investment income $3,420 0.2%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $971 0.1%
Rental property income $17,230 1.0%
Net fundraising $0
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $1,304 0.1%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
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Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $220,641 7.7%
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Total Liabilities $273,125
Net Assets $2,666,095
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