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AMAZON CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

aka Amazon Conservation

Washington, DC

Mission

We unite science, innovation, and community to protect the western Amazon—the greatest wild forest on Earth.

Ruling Year

2000

Executive Director

John Beavers

Main Address

1012 14th Street NW Suite 625

Washington, DC 20005 USA

Keywords

Amazon, Andes, conservation, biodiversity, Peru, Bolivia, natural resources, science, rainforest, sustainability, research station, development, indigenous, sustainable livelihoods, forest, ecotourism, nature, Amazonian, fires, climate change, reforestation, policy, field work,

EIN

52-2211305

 Number

5748639043

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Amazon Rainforest plays a critical role as a carbon sink, mediator of the global water cycle and cradle of biodiversity. Massive loss of the Amazon rainforest would have catastrophic consequences not only for the 30+ million people living in the region but also for the planet. Illegal mining, an encroaching agricultural frontier, expanding infrastructure projects like poorly-planned roads, and illegal logging are some of the key factors that threaten the integrity of the forests of the Amazon and the species that call it home. Climate change will exacerbate the impacts from the threats in the region. Research shows that the Amazon is reaching a tipping point due to deforestation where it will no longer be able to produce its own rainfall, resulting in large swathes of the forest become a savanna. The Amazon still maintains vast tracts of intact, mega-diverse, and carbon-rich forests that need to be protected in the face of these escalating threats.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Overview of our Programs

Empowering People

Protecting Wild Places

Putting Science and Technology to Work for Conservation

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of acres of land protected

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of acres protected through the creation and/or management of conservation areas in Peru and Bolivia

Acres of land that gain formal protection status

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

To date number of new protected areas we helped establish in Peru and Bolivia with support from local communities and governments.

Number of trees planted

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of trees we planted to date, using our community-based reforestation methods, to restore damaged habitats

Number of IUCN Red List species with habitats in areas affected by operations

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of endemic and/ or endangered species protected that have been identified in the areas we help safeguard.

Number of species in collection

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Number of species cataloged in our three research stations in Peru

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of Mg C stored in the ground in the conservation areas we helped establish and maintain

Number of farmers given information about key markets

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Estimated number of individual farmers/ forest users who were connected to markets to sell their sustainable products, raising their income

Number of press articles published

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of articles written about our organization raising awareness of the issues in the Amazon

Number of people trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Estimated number of individuals trained to date on conservation best practices

Number of training workshops

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of training workshops/ event/ classes held to educate forest users, children, educators, policymakers, judges, and other stakeholders on conservation best practices

Number of briefings or presentations held

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of public real-time deforestation monitoring analyses and private briefings developed and distributed to expose deforestation in the Amazon and drive action on the ground

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of individuals directly benefiting from the conservation areas we helped establish and maintain

Number of industry standards/practices developed by nonprofit

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Our two innovative models: our conservation concession model and our real-time deforestation monitoring system

Number of acres of deforestation exposed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of acres of deforestation exposed using our real-time deforestation monitoring system of satellites and drones

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our vision is simple: we work toward creating a thriving Amazon that sustains the full diversity of life. We use our holistic approach focusing on people, nature, and innovation to create enduring conservation solutions to protect this vital place for all of humanity.

Amazon Conservation employs four major strategies to conserve the variety of life found in the headwaters of the Amazon: 1. Working with partners at the national, regional, and local levels, we establish protected areas. The more habitat we can protect, the more we can preserve for future generations, as conserving land around and between protected areas effectively extends their protective benefits. Doing this provides additional defense against encroaching threats, safeguards critical waterways and watersheds, and expands the habitat available to roaming wildlife. We also rehabilitate degraded forest by planting tree seedlings grown in Amazon Conservation-sponsored community tree nurseries. 2. Using the latest in satellite and drone technology, we analyze threats to the Amazon (such as mining, logging, dams, fires, agriculture at the expense of primary forest, oil and gas development, and road construction) in order to better understand them and develop appropriate policy solutions. Monitoring and mapping real-time deforestation lays the groundwork for finding and helping deploy effective solutions we can promote locally, nationally, and internationally. 3. We assist communities in achieving economic self-sufficiency while keeping forests intact. Sustainable livelihoods encompass a variety of activities including Brazil nut and açaí harvesting, fish farming, ecotourism (such as crafting and selling handicrafts made from dyes and materials from the forest), and agroforestry (agriculture incorporating the cultivation and conservation of trees). 4. We rely on science to inform our work and train the next generation of conservationists, both locally (though school field trips for Peruvian students and scholarships for Peruvian university students), and internationally (through hosting study abroad courses). Amazon Conservation research stations are the centerpiece of our science and education work, but research and education are critical components in projects from the Andes to the Amazon.

Amazon Conservation has been a pioneer in conserving forests since 1999, and has a proven track record of empowering people, protecting wild places and putting science and technology to work for conservation. Our founding program provided support for Brazil nut harvesters in Peru as an incentive for protecting the forest. Amazon Conservation is responsible for creating the world’s first private conservation concession in 2001, a 360,000 acre reserve on government land that Amazon Conservation protects and manages for conservation. Amazon Conservation also supported the creation and management of Peru’s first conservation concession managed by an indigenous community. In total, we now protect over 4.8 million acres of forest. Our 3 research stations act as hubs for science and discovery in the Amazon. They also protect over 10,000 acres of Amazonian forests, much of which is also designated protected conservation areas, and buffer critical protected areas in the landscape. These stations provide us with a constant presence where it’s needed most - in the field - that few international nonprofits possess. Amazon Conservation’s vast technology for conservation programming has become essential for deforestation monitoring and on-the-ground responses to threats against the Amazon. We have developed over 100 publicly-available reports and over 50 policy briefs to provide real-time deforestation analysis to policymakers, local authorities, and the general public, empowering them with the information and data needed to take action. Our extensive work in the region has provided us with a network of local partners within multiple government agencies at the local, regional and national levels that are essential to achieving conservation goals. Through our partnerships, we have created new protected areas; prevented, minimized, and stopped deforestation; supported sustainable livelihoods that earn communities an income while protecting forest; and supported scientific research projects that measure everything from climate change impacts to bird behavior. We operate as an alliance with two sister organizations in Peru and Bolivia who implement our projects on the ground. Through this alliance, we have built invaluable long-term relationships with local stakeholders and became part of the Amazonian communities we support. With 101 employees across 7 offices in the US, Peru and Bolivia, we ensure that our local solutions are serving the unique needs of the western Amazon while keeping an eye out for new technology and scientific discoveries on a global scale. Amazon Conservation has a 20-year history in the region, strong local and regional support, and an unwavering commitment to continuing to work in this vital area, making us well-positioned to continuing and scaling our conservation efforts in the western Amazon.

We utilize a wide array of indicators to measure our progress and success. At a large-scale level they include the number of communities we partner with and the number of acres conserved. Within our strategies, we track a broad spectrum of indicators to measure our progress and success, including, but not limited to, the number of: - trees we planted to restore damaged habitats - students, researchers, professors, and naturalists who come to each of our research stations to further our understanding of the rainforest - species catalogued at each station and new species discovered at the areas we help protect - scientific publications featuring research conducted at each station - local schoolchildren visiting each station on field trips - schoolchildren receiving environmental education in the classroom - scholarships awarded to Peruvian researchers - scientific research hosted at our research stations - fish ponds built and maintained to provide a forest-friendly alternative source of food and income to local families - acres of deforestation exposed using our real-time monitoring system using cutting-edge technology like satellites, radar, drones, and acoustic monitoring - Brazil nut sheds constructed (which allows for much greater harvest yield) - measuring project effectiveness to improve well-being of beneficiary families and communities - conservation-related workshops given to communities, governments, and other stakeholders - acres planted and protected with agroforestry - camera trap events catalogued to monitor biodiversity and forest health - acres of protected areas created - acres of forests managed for conservation Amazon Conservation also conducts project-based evaluations to measure our impact on the ground. As we are a part of the communities we support and close partners with the governments we work with, we ensure that their needs and feedback are heard. Many of our projects, including our Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) and our Southwest Amazon Drone Center, have experienced tremendous growth over the past two years due to strong demand by our local partners.

Amazon Conservation measures its impact across the land we protect, awareness we build, communities we serve, and research and education we provide. Some highlights of our success on the ground include: - Benefitted over 17,000 individuals who live in the conservation areas we helped create and maintain. - Helped establish the Haramba Queros Ecological Preserve, the world's first indigenous conservation concession managed by an indigenous group. - Trained over 1,000 harvester families in the sustainable harvesting of Brazil nuts and their post-production. We also have assisted communities as they formed associations to sell Brazil nuts and other forest-friendly products and handicrafts. - Developed a program to address human-jaguar conflicts in Bolivia, providing education and outreach programs to nearly 500 adults and children to dispel myths and create wildlife management alternatives. - Protected 4.8 million acres of forests and wild places in the western Amazon through helping create and maintain conservation areas. - Established the Los Amigos Conservation Concession, the world’s first conservation concession, protecting 360,000 acres of forests and creating a conservation model that is now implemented in other areas of the Amazon and the world. - Built Peru’s first permanent research center focused on Andean cloud forest ecology. - Created a real-time deforestation monitoring system using satellite technology to detect, analyze, and expose deforestation as it happens. Our MAAP program uses cutting-edge satellite information from a variety of sources, including NASA, to analyze and spread deforestation information to arm policymakers and the interested public with data to advocate policy solutions. - Developed the Southwest Amazon Drone Center, which has trained over 100 community members, government officials, and forest users in using drone technology to find and expose illegal deforestation. - Providing real-time policy briefs on deforestation happening in the Amazon, we help local governments local and take action against illegal deforestation. - Collecting data about mammal, bird, insect, and plant species in our research station, registering over 6,900 species within their borders. Amazon Conservation's goals for 2020 include: - Complete and launch Amazon Conservation's new strategic plan to take our conservation work to scale in the western Amazon. - Expand our work with indigenous communities in Peru and Bolivia to help improve their land and resource rights and capacity to protect their lands. - Grow our real-time deforestation monitoring program with partners in the Western Amazon to monitor and address key threats including fire and deforestation from agricultural clearing. - In key protected areas we support, begin establishing climate resilience and adaptation plans to address the impacts from a changing climate including fires and flooding.

External Reviews

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2013

Awards

One of the Best Small Nonprofits 2009/2010 2009

Catologue for Philanthropy Greater Washington

4 Star Rating 2013

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Financials

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
In our hiring practices, we reach out through a number of outlets (Idealist etc.), but since most of our staff positions are specialized (scientific), we also focus on publicizing our needs to our network of colleagues and communities.