Thomas Lovejoy, PhD:

"I’ve devoted my life to Amazon conservation. As Chair of the strategic steering committee for the Andes Amazon Fund, I plan to do all I can to help donors realize huge conservation gains in the region."

Bruce Babbitt:

"After a lifetime of working in conservation, I’ve chosen the Amazon as the place where I can make the greatest difference."

Miles Silman, PhD:

"My research gives compelling evidence that without the conservation of the eastern Andes, a vast number of species will be lost to climate change."

Adrian Forsyth, PhD:

"Much of the western and central Amazon is ecologically in great shape. If we act now to protect enough of it, especially the headwaters, we have a good chance not only to maintain its important climate role and astounding biodiversity, but also to provide a vital homeland the indigenous people of the basin. "

What is the Andes Amazon Fund?

The Andes Amazon Fund (AAF) is a multi-donor grantmaking initiative whose purpose is to conserve the biodiversity, ecosystem function, and environmental health of the Amazon Headwaters by expanding the array of protected areas at the national, regional and local level. The AAF is supported by several philanthropic foundations and staffed by a team of conservation professionals who make recommendations for grants that will accomplish the goals below.

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Goals of the Andes Amazon Fund:

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.