AMAZON WATCH

Protecting the Amazon and our climate by supporting Indigenous peoples

OAKLAND, CA   |  www.amazonwatch.org

Mission

Since 1996, Amazon Watch has protected the rainforest and advanced the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability, and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems.

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Protect the Amazon and Defend Indigenous Rights: Our Theory of Change The Amazon River Basin houses the world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, an area larger than the continental United States, containing 1/3 of the plant and animal species and producing 1/5 of all flowing freshwater on Earth. The hydrological system of the Amazon is an integral part of the continental climate system and critical for maintaining global climate stability. The Amazon is home to over 400 distinct Indigenous peoples including 82 living in voluntary isolation. Indigenous peoples’ territories make up nearly 30% of the Amazon and are proven to be the best protected from threats including deforestation, fires, land grabs, illicit activity, resource extraction, and large infrastructure projects. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a public health & humanitarian emergency, disproportionately affecting Indigenous peoples who are protecting the biocultural integrity of the Amazon and global climate.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Leila Salazar-Lopez

Main address

520 3rd Street Suite 108

OAKLAND, CA 94607 USA

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EIN

95-4604782

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (C12)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Amazon Watch resists the destruction of the Amazon by challenging disastrous development projects and natural resource extraction and by promoting indigenous rights. The Amazon is the world's largest terrestrial carbon sink and plays a critical role in regulating the global climate. Yet this global treasure is at great risk – already more than 20% has been deforested, and new fossil fuel extraction, mining, large-scale hydroelectric dams, and highways cause even greater deforestation and run roughshod over Indigenous people's rights and territories. Amazon Watch protects millions of acres of rainforest every year by partnering with Indigenous peoples – the best stewards of the forest – to directly challenge the corporate and government powers that threaten the Amazon and our climate.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Stop Amazon Destruction

Amazon Watch resists destruction of the Amazon rainforest, which is perilously close to reaching a tipping point of ecological collapse, by challenging and bringing global media attention to government, corporate and financial actors complicit in deforestation, resource extraction, land grabs, rights abuses, and disastrous development projects.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of Latin American descent

Amazon Watch funds, elevates and broadcasts the voices, stories and solutions of Indigenous peoples as they work to uphold their rights, lives and territories. Amazon Watch amplifies Indigenous-led solutions for forest conservation, sustainable livelihoods and regenerative, local economies.

Population(s) Served

Amazon Watch centers the voices and solutions of Indigenous communities into policies that address the global climate crisis. Amazon Watch advocates for principled climate action that include proposals and solutions from communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis —especially Indigenous peoples and people of color— who have historically been excluded due to systemic racism and economic oppression.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of South American descent

Where we work

Awards

Philanthropy Award Winner 2021

Make It Better Foundation

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Amount of money going directly to support indigenous partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples

Related Program

Amplify Indigenous-led Solutions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our solidarity grantmaking program, Amazon Defenders Fund, grants flexible, timely and direct funds to Indigenous leaders, peoples & organizations. This now accounts for nearly 1/3 of our budget.

Average online donation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average online donation for FY 2020-2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Brazil. Amazon Watch works in solidarity with Indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems.

The Amazon is home to 400 distinct Indigenous peoples who are its best stewards. The Amazon River Basin is the planet’s largest tropical rainforest - a stabilizer of the global climate, it contains one-third of all species on Earth and a large percentage of the world’s flowing fresh water. The forest and its peoples are facing grave threats due to deforestation, resource extraction, land grabs, and destructive development projects. At Amazon Watch, we are launching bold, strategic, and timely actions to advance and amplify the voices and solutions of Indigenous peoples across the world.

Stop Amazon Destruction
Amazon Watch resists destruction of the Amazon rainforest, which is perilously close to reaching a tipping point of ecological collapse, by challenging and bringing global media attention to government, corporate and financial actors complicit in deforestation, resource extraction, land grabs, rights abuses, and disastrous development projects.

Amplify Indigenous-led Solutions
Amazon Watch funds, elevates and broadcasts the voices, stories and solutions of Indigenous peoples as they work to uphold their rights, lives and territories. Amazon Watch amplifies Indigenous-led solutions for forest conservation, sustainable livelihoods and regenerative, local economies.

Advance Climate Justice
Amazon Watch centers the voices and solutions of Indigenous communities into policies that address the global climate crisis. Amazon Watch advocates for principled climate action that include proposals and solutions from communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis —especially Indigenous peoples and people of color— who have historically been excluded due to systemic racism and economic oppression.
ritories.

With a successful track record spanning 25 years, Amazon Watch is poised to significantly bolster its capacity to forge transformative change. To get there, we are expanding our programs and field teams, and forming increasingly effective local and global partnerships to roll back the trajectory of Amazon destruction. This moment in global history is truly dire for the future of the Amazon rainforest, and with it our collective future. We are poised to transform this tipping point into a turning point for environmental, climate and racial justice.

in 2020 Amazon Watch stepped up global advocacy, communications campaigns and expanded field teams throughout the Amazon. This local presence is dramatically impacting our capacity to amplify the voices and solutions of Indigenous peoples.

We’ve seen significant changes in the financial sector as a result of our advocacy, and have supported partners in the Amazon through a series of extreme crises including COVID-19, fires and floods. 2020 brought significant wins, including the departure of Chilean oil giant GeoPark from “Block 64” in Achuar and Wampis territory, after years of fierce opposition to this oil concession. And in early 2021, four major European banks announced that they would no longer invest in crude oil from the Ecuadorian Amazon.

In solidarity with Indigenous peoples across the Amazon, Amazon Watch coordinated a global call for a moratorium on extractive activities like mining, oil, logging, industrial agriculture, and religious proselytization during COVID-19. Over 250 organizations demanded that Amazonian governments and corporations cease destructive activities on Indigenous lands.

Through tireless efforts by Amazon Watch’s finance/climate justice team campaigners, European banking giants BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and ING in January, 2021 announced they will exclude exports of Ecuadorian Amazon oil from trading activity, a direct response to the release of an August 2020 report by Stand.earth and Amazon Watch revealing how European banks financed the trade of $10 billion of oil from the Amazon to the US. This is the first time global banks have elected to exclude extractive activities in the Amazon. These commitments represent an end to current major sources of financing for the Amazon oil trade, as these banks were collectively responsible for 50% of financing provided in the last decade.

In 2020, Amazon Watch increased its grant making to Indigenous partners by 400% via the Amazon Defenders Fund (ADF). The $1.4 million of funding sent through the Fund is the largest amount sent in the organization’s history. The ADF centralizes the needs of Indigenous communities as articulated by them, provided with a minimum of bureaucratic barriers and in 2020 provided PPE, medical supplies, oxygen concentrators, and medical transport for communities most affected by COVID-19.

In its 25th year of working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples, holding accountable the corporations responsible for rainforest destruction, and amplifying Indigenous voices on the global stage, Amazon Watch will step up like never before. With a new strategic plan aimed at fulfilling the mission established 25 years ago, Amazon Watch will unleash critical initiatives and strategies in 2021. Scientists emphasize the global climate is at a tipping point. Amazon Watch aims to transform this tipping point into a turning point.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMAZON WATCH

Board of directors
as of 10/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Chan

Friends of the Earth

Atossa Soltani

President

Andrew Beath

Earthways Foundation

Ahmed Rahim

Numi Organic Tea

Richard Wegman

Adeline Cassin

Ken Greenstein

Jade Begay

Antonia Juhasz

Journalist

Mario Molina

Protect Our Winters

Leila Salazar-López

Amazon Watch

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/18/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.