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Protecting the Forests and People of the Amazon Headwaters

We partner with indigenous communities, government agencies and other NGOs to build the conservation capacity of remote communities, strengthen protected areas, and promote well-informed, sustainable public policy. We pride ourselves on the time spent in the most remote and difficult to access parts of the Amazon headwaters, working hard to understand the complex cultural, ethical and social issues facing often ignored areas and both the settled and isolated indigenous tribes who live there.

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Update: $5,200 raised to help stranded indigenous tribes. Thank you donors!


June 5th: Money raised through a GoFundMe campaign has been used to purchase emergency food and supplies for 118 families from eight indigenous tribes stranded in the city of Pucallpa due to the COVID-19 quarantine. Pucallpa is among the regions hardest hit by the Covid–19 virus anywhere in South America. We will keep the fundraiser active to continue helping until they are able to travel home to their villages in the jungle. Our sincerest thanks to those who donated!

Isolated Tribes Featured in National Geographic

National Geographic’s October 2018 cover story discusses threats to the Amazon’s isolated indigenous tribes. It is divided into two features, Brazil and Peru.  The Peru part looks at the state of isolated tribes and those in initial contact in the Amazon headwaters of southeastern. Written by UAC’s founder and director, Chris Fagan, it is based on his work protecting the forests and tribes of the Amazon headwaters.

Story Map Explores the Purús - Manu Landscape

UAC’s first Story Map examines the remarkable Purús – Manu Landscape of southern Peru with chapters on biodiversity, indigenous inhabitants,  isolated tribes, threats and proposed measures to ensure its long-term protection. Each section includes interactive maps and associated text, photos and video.

Updates

Food and Supplies Delivered to 118 Indigenous Families

June 5, 2020: Update: Thanks to the generosity of donors to our GoFundMe campaign, over the past few weeks UAC staff and volunteers have provided emergency food and supplies to 118 indigenous families, close to 500 people, stranded in the city of Pucallpa, Peru due to the quarantine.

Emergency Food Supplies Needed by Tribes in Pucallpa

May 2020: Approximately 50 families from the remote Yurua and Purús watersheds have been living in the city of Pucallpa since the COVID 19 pandemic started and desperately need food. Please help us provide emergency food supplies!

Indigenous – Mestizo Conservation Alliance Completes Fifth Year

February 2020: The La Novia Conservation Alliance recently completed its fifth year working to prevent illegal activities and protect threatened species along the La Novia River, a tributary of the Alto Purús River

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