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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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.

Violence Highlights Dangers to Peru’s Isolated Tribes

December 2017: Last month in the remote headwaters of Peru’s Alto Purús River, a young indigenous man was shot with an arrow by a member of the Mashco Piro isolated tribe.The attack occurred while the man was sharing food with several members of the tribe.

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