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Protecting the Biological and Cultural Diversity of the Amazon Headwaters

We work in close collaboration with indigenous communities and federations, government agencies and other NGOs to strengthen the region’s protected areas, build the conservation capacity of local communities and affect well-informed, sustainable public policy. We pride ourselves on the time spent in the field, working hard to understand the complex cultural, ethical and social issues facing remote, often ignored areas and the indigenous tribes who live there.

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New Conservation Concession Protects 112,850 acres for Yurua Tribes

June 2019: The indigenous tribes of Peru’s Yurua River region have been granted a conservation concession to protect 112,850 acres (45,699 hectares) of remote, intact lowland jungle near the border with Acre, Brazil. The announcement culminated over 20 years of work by the tribes and their partners to protect their homelands from logging, ranching, commercial agriculture and other deforestation drivers becoming ever so prevalent in the western Amazon. The Concession will be managed by the new Asociación de Conservación Comunal Yurúa, comprised of local men and women from the Ashéninka, Asháninka, Yaminahua and Amahuaca tribes. In addition to harboring rare and endangered species like the arapaima fish, jaguar, river otter and spider monkey, two isolated tribes travel through the area …

Isolated Tribes featured in National Geographic

October 2018: National Geographic’s October cover story explores threats to isolated indigenous tribes in the Amazon. The story is divided into two sections: Brazil and Peru. The Peru part was written by UAC’s director Chris Fagan.

Peru’s Interoceanic: the Most Corrupt Highway in the World

July 2018: Constructed in 2012, the Interoceanic Highway connects western Brazil with Peru’s Madre de Dios state. It was promoted as a necessary investment to promote trade and transit between the two countries while improving the standard of living of rural Peruvians.

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