May 11 – ASL Webinar: Could a future pandemic come from the Amazon?
Apr 2021 Pandemics have arisen roughly every 20 years over the past century and a half. The Amazon has characteristics – high diversity of wildlife virus hosts and rising deforestation rates – which are common to hotspots for emerging diseases. Yet, currently the Amazon is still considered a low spillover area. This webinar hosted by the ASL program will present the results of the report “Could a future pandemic come from the Amazon? The Science and Policy of Pandemic Prevention in the Amazon”, that suggests key actions to reduce the risk that the basin becomes a source of future pandemics. The webinar will be in English with Spanish and Portuguese simultaneous interpretation. Learn more
Online Course: Methods and Tools for Community Forest Management and Forest Landscape Restoration
Apr 2021 This course is to strengthen technical capacities in forest management and forest landscape restoration to implement and/or improve activities to meet the challenges of climate change and poverty reduction. It is provided with the support of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development Colombia, Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, World Bank, Fondo Acción and CATIE. May 3 – June 11, Language: Spanish Learn more
ASL Progress Report 2020
Mar 2021 The report documents the results and progress achieved by the national and regional projects during 2020. This progress results from the strong collaboration among the national and subnational governments and executing agencies, GEF Implementing Agencies, and especially the effort put forth by the ASL teams, including the coordination team, country teams, and associated partners. Download the ASL Progress Report
Exchange of Experiences in Conservation Agreements
Mar 2021 The partner countries of the Sustainable Amazon Landscapes Program (ASL), Brazil, Colombia and Peru, have developed different types of Conservation Agreements – defined as voluntary mechanisms of mutual benefit – aimed at strengthening the effective management of Protected Natural Areas (ANP) and associated strategic areas, improving ecosystem connectivity, biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihood development. In this first session, knowledge, good practices, lessons learned, and challenges related to the management of these agreements in Colombia and Peru were shared. Read more and download the presentations
Could a future pandemic come from the Amazon?
Mar 2021 Pandemics have arisen roughly every 20 years over the past century and a half. The Amazon has characteristics – high diversity of wildlife virus hosts and rising deforestation rates – common to hotspots for future emerging diseases. Yet currently the Amazon is considered a low spillover area. In this report, key actions are suggested to keep spillover low in the Amazon and reduce the risk of the basin being the source of future pandemics.
Download the report by Conservation International English | Español | Português
March 21 – International Day of Forests
Mar 2021 The Amazon forest is the largest tropical forest in the world! It represents 40% of the planet´s remaining rainforest. With 4,000 plant species, it is home to 10% of the world´s known biodiversity and more than 47 million people depend upon forest resources, including 410 indigenous groups. The ASL Program is an initiative to help protect, conserve, and restore this ecosystem. Let´s work together to conserve the Amazon. Watch our video | Vea nuestro video
Study on International Funding for Amazon Conservation and Sustainable Management
Mar 2021 The World Bank’s ASL Program builds on efforts by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to track and understand donor investments for Amazon conservation and seeks to advance knowledge and foster greater collaboration. This study provides a starting point for donors, countries, and civil society to understand the current funding scenario, begin critical conversations on how these investments can be enhanced, and explore how donors can work together to strengthen and coordinate their efforts. Download the study | Explore the Data Portal
Mar 8 – International Women's Day
Mar 3 – World Wildlife Day
Mar 2021 The Amazon rainforest is home one in ten known species in the world! With such high levels of biodiversity, the Amazon rainforest provides immense ecological and economic value to communities that depend upon these natural resources. On World Wildlife Day 2021, the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes program is celebrating the diversity of the Amazon’s forest and wildlife. See our infographic | Ver infografía
Feb 16 – ASL Webinar: Free flowing rivers in the Amazon region
Feb 2021 Healthy rivers support freshwater fish stocks that improve food security for hundreds of millions of people, deliver sediment that keeps deltas above rising seas, mitigate the impact of extreme floods and droughts, prevent loss of infrastructure and fields to erosion, and support a wealth of biodiversity. New research in the Amazon shows 16 of the region’s 26 very long rivers currently remain free flowing, while planned dams would further reduce that number to 9. The webinar will present the results of the global and Amazon Basin assessments, opening a discussion of the global, regional, and national benefits of free flowing rivers, the environmental, social, and economic impacts of disrupting rivers’ connectivity, and recommendations for multisectoral planning and river protection approaches that align with development goals. Learn more | Download the presentation | Watch the recording
Feb 4 – Webinar: Putumayo–Içá – Towards the integrated management of the basin and its resources
Feb 2021 The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia, the Ministry of Environment and Water of Ecuador, the Ministry of the Environment of Peru, the Secretary of the State of Amazonas and WCS, together with PID Amazonia invite you to this webinar. Watch the recording
Free online courses on Protected Area Management
Jan 2021 The MOOC Conservation offers a series of free online training courses on Protected Area Management. All trainings are developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its Program on African Protected Areas and Conservation and partners. Learning opportunities include ecological monitoring, species conservation, new technologies for Protected Areas and many more. Visit mooc-conservation.org for more information
ASL Newsletter December 2020
Dec 2020 Get the latest newsletter of the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program with a recap of the ASL Annual Conference, a report of community engagement and conservation agreements in Colombia, and the handover of ASL’s program coordintation from Adriana Moreira to Ana María González Velosa. It has been a truly challenging year, but has also shown our ability to adapt and our resilience.
Read the newsletter English | Español | Português
Community engagement and conservation agreements in the heart of the Colombian Amazon
Dec 2020 The Heart of the Amazon project, part of the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) Program, funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and implemented between the Ministry of Environment, SINCHI Research Institute, National Natural Parks of Colombia, IDEAM, Corpoamazonia, CDA, Natural Heritage Fund, and with the World Bank support, is working to strengthen institutional and community forest governance, conserve forests and promote sustainable management in the Amazon.
Read more English | Español
Nov 17 – ASL Webinar: Valuing Nature Conservation – Quantifying the benefits of protecting the planet's natural capital
Nov 2020 Much of the global economy depends on natural capital. Acting as the planet's balance sheet, natural capital provides critical services and resilience. It supports water cycles and soil formation while protecting our communities from major storms, floods, fires, and desertification. By absorbing CO2, it limits the pace of climate change. This webinar will focus on the results of the latest McKinsey and Company report "Valuing Nature Conservation: A methodology for quantifying the benefits of protecting the planet's natural capital".
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Starting Nov 16 – Virtual Knowledge Exchange:
Greentech – Mainstreaming Technologies in Green, Blue, and Clean Operations
Nov 2020 Effectively addressing environmental challenges relating to pollution and sustainable natural resource management under a changing climate is central for sustainable development. This learning opportunity by the Bank’s Open Learning Campus (OLC) and the Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy Global Practice includes live sessions as well as self-paced learning elements. Learn more
Watch the new ASL Video – Promoting sustainable land and water use in the Amazon
Oct 2020 The Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program (ASL) is expanding and will cover seven countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Guyana and Suriname.
Watch the video English | Español | Português
Webinar Oct 30: Forests, jungles, and gender – Roles of women in its management and handling
Oct 2020 What are the greatest challenges that women especially have, in the field of forestry policies, plans and projects and in forest management in Colombia? A space for reflection on the effective participation of women and their incidence in decision-making processes, in the management and handling of forests and jungles. The webinar will be in Spanish. Read more
Participate in the C4D Feedback Survey
Oct 2020 Please help us improve our knowledge platform Collaboration for Development and share your thoughts in the C4D Feedback Survey. It only takes about 5 minutes ... Participate now
Oct 13: Webinar – Allies for Conservation
Oct 2020 PROFONAPE in collaboration with SERNANP and the Global Environmental Facility invites to a webinar on: Allies for Conservation – Role of organizations and communities and their contributions to the conservation of protected areas and conserves. The webinar will be in Spanish on Facebook Live. Learn more
Oct 13: Webinar – The Indigenous Territorial Governance Training Program
Oct 2020 WWF and Forest Trends invite you to a webinar on the progress and lessons from the Indigenous Territorial Governance Training Program (PFGTI), which has been developed for several years in alliance with numerous indigenous, academic, Forest Trends and WWF organizations in communities and territories of Brazil. (Rondonia), Colombia (Putumayo), Ecuador (Pastaza and Napo) and Peru (Ucayali, Central Selva and Loreto). The webinar will be in Spanish. Read more and register
Webinar Oct 7: Governance in times of pandemic
Oct 2020 The ASL program in collaboration with PID Amazonía invites to a session on the contributions of the ASL program to the situation of indigenous peoples, peasant communities, local producers and managers of protected areas of the Amazon in the context of the pandemic generated by COVID-19, from the different experiences of the projects in Brazil, Colombia and Peru. The webinar will be in Spanish with Portuguese interpretation. Read more
Oct 6–8, 2020: Sustainable Finance for Conservation – First REDLAC & Café Virtual Congress
Sep 2020 RedLAC and CAFÉ are regional networks that group 43 environmental funds from 30 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa, as well as 3 regional funds. Register to engage with a global community of conservation finance practitioners, including environmental funds, donors, impact investors, NGOs, the private sector, and government authorities. Read more
Aug 27: Forever Costa Rica Association – 10 Years Sowing the Seeds for the Future of Conservation
Aug 2020 Forever Costa Rica Association (FCRA) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This is a very special celebration and an opportunity to account for all of the impact and successes they have reaped over the years. The webinar creates a space where the donors of FCRA can be acknowledged and discussed how their continuous support has been instrumental in improving and scaling the organization.
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Survey on COVID-19, Indigenous peoples, communities and their territories, lands & waters
Aug 2020 The Université de Lausanne, faculty of geosciences and environnement, together with the ICCA Consortium is conducting a survey on community impacts of and responses to COVID-19. It aims at communities and organizations that work with them. The survey is open through Aug 30.
Read more English | Français | Español
Opportunity: Five PhD Graduate Student positions on the social-ecological dynamics of fisheries in Amazonia
Aug 2020 Five qualified and motivated candidates are sought to complete PhD studies at Virginia Tech and Indiana University in an interdisciplinary project on the coupled social-ecological dynamics of freshwater fisheries. Funded by NSF, the project is led by four main faculty who will coordinate different aspects of the project. Learn more English | Português
Free online training starts Aug 19 – Enroll now
Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains
Aug 2020 Global value chains (GVCs) powered the surge of international trade after 1990 and now account for almost half of all trade. This shift enabled an unprecedented economic convergence, wherein poor countries grew rapidly and began to catch up with richer countries. Poverty fell sharply. Learn from economists across the World Bank Group, who discuss how GVC impact a range of development issues. Learn more and register
New documents in the ASL Knowledge Repository:
GEF – Delivering Tranformational Change and others
Aug 2020 Learn more about the five guiding principles of the GEF 2020 Strategy and get to know projects and programs behind each of the principles. This and other documents have just been added to the ASL Knowledge Repository. Download the GEF 2020 Strategy | Explore the latest documents
Webinar July 23: Wildlife Insights – A new platform to conserve and monitor wildlife in the tropics
Jul 2020 The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world and is home to one in ten known species in the world. To help secure biodiversity, we need reliable and up-to-date information to understand the status and trends of wildlife species and prevent major threats. Watch the recording to learn about Wildlife Insights, an innovative technology platform solution build to speed up the processing, identification and analysis of camera trap data to enable data-driven wildlife conservation actions.
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