1. The creation of new conservation areas in the headwaters of the Amazon. AAF supports 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 protected areas. We invest in planning, monitoring, training, enforcement, infrastructure, etc. Rather than funding recurring management costs, the AAF prefers to provide initial support for newly-created protected areas or make strategic investments that can reduce the threats to the area or increase the capacity to address them.
3. Securing long-term financing streams for the management of priority protected areas. We fund strategies such as payment for ecosystem services mechanisms, tourism, public-private partnerships, and more.