Our goal: This project will lay the foundation for long term, effective conservation of this area of the deep Amazon by supporting indigenous community-led conservation and management by strengthening local capacities and promoting environmental education, research, and sustainable economies, Deep in the Amazon Rainforest, near the Peru-Brazil border, the Yurúa Communal Conservation Association (ACCY), an association of nine communities of five indigenous peoples (Asheninka, Yaminahua, Ashaninka, Amahuaca and Yanesha) is organizing to conserve, defend, and manage around 276,758 acres of primary forest.
In 2019, the Peruvian state granted this land to the ACCY as a “Conservation Concession.”
This area of the deep Amazon is threatened by illegal timber and gold mining, conflicts with Brazilian loggers and hunters, the absence of the Peruvian government, and a history of neglect, poverty, malnutrition, and non-existent access to basic services. This makes conservation of this area challenging, yet critical.
Thus, few other organizations choose to work here. At the same time, few organizations would be welcome in this remote area.
Through our steadfast commitment to equal partnership and participatory and inclusive processes, we are invited to work in remote areas of the forest with partners like the ACCY member communities.
By supporting sustainable economies, education, and the ACCY’s management of their Conservation Concession, this project will strengthen food security and economic stability, building community resilience to external threats and ensuring long term and successful monitoring, management, and conservation of this area of the deep Amazon.
Building off the solid foundation of research and our established relationships in the region, this project develops participatory and accessible management plans for the use of natural resources, in collaboration with the nine communities who form the association, the Alto Purús National Park (PNAP, a Peruvian national protected area), and SERNANP (National Service of Protected Natural Areas).
Alongside local education authorities, we will weave environmental education into local curriculum including the first publications in the Amahuaca language.
By promoting sustainable production of huasai or açai Euterpe oleracea, the project supports community-led sustainable economies and food security.
Finally, grounded in a deep understanding of the sociocultural landscape — the histories, practices, and worldviews of each of the nine ACCY member communities — the project creates opportunities for open dialogue between communities to create solid processes for collaboration and collective conservation management and resilience against the threats.