ASL Newsletter December 2021
December 2021 Read ASL’s latest newsletter with stories from our national projects, latest blogs and feature stories, such as The Amazon we want – and key ideas on how to get there, and publications from the ASL & partners. English | Spanish | Portuguese
Short term consultancy for an expert on Corridors and Connectivity
Both the Global Wildlife Program (GWP) and the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes (ASL) program are looking for a technical expert who can support projects with capacity building and knowledge sharing. The position requires that the consultant have at least 10 years of experience in working on ecological corridors and can facilitate workshops effectively. The CV and cover letter should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The final date to apply is January 10.
See the Terms of Reference here.
Securing Sustainable Financing for Conservation Areas: A Guide to Project Finance for Permanence
Dec 2021 Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) is an approach designed to secure the policies, conditions, and full funding for the effective and long-lasting protection of our planet’s important natural places. It is being applied in Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, and Peru, and there is increased interest in applying the PFP approach in other countries. To meet that interest with information, the ASL Working Group on Sustainable Finance has led the publication of Securing Sustainable Financing for Conservation Areas; A Guide to Project Finance for Permanence, to capture the experience and lessons learned from PFP practitioners and to serve as a guide for the application of the PFP approach. Download the PFP Guide
Amazon Assessment Report 2021:
The Amazon we want – and key ideas on how to get there
Nov 2021 The Amazon plays a critical role in influencing the global carbon cycle, it is the world’s largest freshwater system, hosting 40% of the world’s remaining rainforest and 10% of the world’s known biodiversity. Protecting the Amazon is a survival issue and a moral imperative that can be accomplished by promoting an integrated conservation and development model that is inclusive and socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.
Read the blog post on the Amazon Assessment Report 2021 English | Spanish
Exchange of Experiences in Conservation Agreements - Brazil
Sept 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 second session, knowledge, good practices, lessons learned, and challenges related to the management of these agreements in Brazil were shared.
Read more and download the presentations
Indigenous Peoples Day
Aug 2021 On Indigenous Peoples Day the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program recognizes the Indigenous people that coexist in balance with nature. Their culture & ancestral knowledge is essential for the conservation of the Amazonas. Watch our video
XXIII RedLAC Congress 2021
Aug 2021 The annual RedLAC Congress is now open for registration. This year's Congress (September 28-30th) gathers unique engagement and learning opportunities between the member funds, strategic allies, donors, impact investors, government representatives, and the global conservation finance community to address the topic of “Road to 2030: The role and added value of CTFs in meeting global goals”. The event will have simultaneous translation in Spanish and English. Read more | Register now
World Rangers Day
Jul 2021 Brave and committed Rangers risk their lives to protect and conserve the Amazonas. The Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program recognizes their dedication and sacrifice while working on 210 protected areas. Watch the video
Jul 14, 12:30pm – Presentation of Initial Findings of the Science Panel for the Amazon
Jul 2021 This July the SPA will release their initial findings as well as a draft version of their full report for public consultation. The SDSN and the World Bank will co-host a high-level dialogue to pre-sent these initial findings and foster conversations between scientists and policymakers to ad-vance sustainable development pathways in the Amazon. The event will be discussion-focused, and feature interactions between the experts and policymakers. Registration is open online. Learn more | Register
Fishing for Sustainable Livelihoods – Agreements for Fisheries Management in the Brazilian State of Amazonas
Jul 2021 The fisheries sector plays a significant role in the Amazonian local economy both for subsistence and livelihoods generation. Unsustainable commercial fishing and poor fishing practices threaten fish stocks and fish size. Five fisheries agreements with local communities in the Brazilian state of Amazonas will help promote sustainable fishing and establish regulations for sport and commercial fishing.
Read the story English | Portuguese
Golden Mercury Threatens the Amazon
Jun 2021 Illegal extraction of gold and other minerals affects one of the world’s most biodiverse areas as well as the livelihoods of millions of people. Together with deforestation, pollution of the rivers is one of the greatest threats to the various Amazon ecosystems. One of the most common unsustainable practices is the use of mercury to separate and extract gold. Given its negative impact on the environment and human health, this practice is in most places considered to be illegal. Learn more English | Spanish
Jun 15 – Virtual Launch Event for World Bank Report
Jun 2021 Join us today for a call to promote sustainable and inclusive tourism for economic recovery, long-term economic growth and biodiversity conservation. After the presentation of the report's findings followed by a panel discussion on the relevance of the report for the post-2020 biodiversity framework and country economic recovery programs. This will be followed by a Q&A session. Download the report
Jun 5 – World Environment Day
Jun 2021 The Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program, funded by the Global Environment Facility, supports the restoration of native vegetation cover in the Amazon. With 5 projects in 3 countries – Brazil, Colombia, and Peru – we are working together to implement more sustainable practices, directly benefiting over 27,200 people. In 2020 (facing a lot of challenges during the health crisis), over 5,600 hectares of forest were restored and over 2 million hectares have been sustainably managed. On World Environment Day we reaffirm our commitment to work for the conservation and protection of the Amazon. Watch our video
Jun 3–5 – Join the webinar series "We Restore, We Conserve, We Connect."
Jun 2021 Celebrate Global Environment Day and join the series of webinars. First day will be on International agreements and public policies for conservation. The event will be in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation into English and Portuguese. Register now
ASL Newsletter May 2021
May 2021 Read ASL’s latest newsletter with the ASL Progress Report, the Study on International Funding, new projects receiving GEF endorsement, and additional financing approved to Forest Conversation and Sustainability. English | Spanish | Portuguese
ASL Webinar: Could a future pandemic come from the Amazon?
May 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.
Learn more | Download the presentation | Watch the recording
ASL Progress Report 2020
available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
May 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 English | Español | Português
Study on International Funding for Amazon Conservation and Sustainable Management
Apr 2021 The study prepared by the ASL continues the 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 (English) | Read the Executive Summary (Español | Português)
Explore the dashboard | Read the study online
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
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
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