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Pioneering a New Model of Indigenous Led Conservation of the Upper Amazon

Organization Amazon Frontlines
Realm Southern America

The Project Marketplace is organized by the major terrestrial realms divided into 14 biogeographical regions – N. America, Subarctic America, C. America, S. America, Afrotropics, Indomalaya, Australasia, Oceania, Antarctica, and the Palearctic realm, which coincides with Eurasia and is divided into Subarctic, Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern regions.

Category Nature Conservation

There are five main project categories: Energy Transition focuses on renewable energy access and energy efficiency. Nature Conservation includes wildlife habitat protection and ecosystem restoration, as well as Indigenous land rights. Regenerative Agriculture supports farmers, ranchers and community agriculture. Climate Change covers global science efforts, climate adaptation, and social justice work.

Status ongoing

Seed indicates an early stage project that needs some level of support to develop into a larger funding proposal. Ongoing indicates any project that needs core programmatic funding. Urgent indicates a short-term project initiated in response to a natural disaster or other impending risk.

Funding Level $$$$

$$$$ indicates a project between $250,000-$1 million.

Timeframe N/A

This project will support a pioneering, new model of globally-backed, Indigenous led conservation of the Upper Amazon, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Amazon Frontlines works directly with Indigenous communities and organizations to ensure they have the tools, resources, and networks needed to protect their rainforest territory and their ancestral culture. 

Over the last eight years, we have learned how to build power alongside Indigenous peoples and amplify that power to protect the Amazon. Our on-the-ground, listen-first approach has earned us trust and respect from Indigenous nations across the Upper Amazon, and informed our model of partnership and our strategies. It has made us who we are: an interdisciplinary team that leverages our expertise and global networks to build locally-driven solutions to some of the Amazon’s toughest problems, and then brings them to scale. Our model has already protected over 700,000 acres of rainforest through a savvy combination of strategic litigation backed by community organizing, global campaigning and rigorous evidence collection. This model has now set a precedent that staves off the imminent threat of drilling across an additional 7 million acres.

Amazon Frontlines supported the formation of the Ceibo Alliance, a first of its kind alliance between ancestral nations of Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. With over 35 full-time indigenous activists working out of a jungle-town organizing center and operating across 80 villages and 5 million acres of primary rainforest, the Ceibo Alliance is developing and implementing strategies to protect their rainforest homelands and way of life. Today, Amazon Frontlines and the Ceibo Alliance are globally-renowned for our impact on the frontlines, and have been recognized by TIME100, BBC, the United Nations, the Goldman Prize, Bioneers, and the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation for our unprecedented results. 

With Indigenous peoples at the helm of every strategy, every decision, our pioneering model of frontline organizing and Indigenous-led conservation is poised to scale, saving one of the most important ecosystems on the planet and helping stop climate change at the same time. 

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