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Study Tours | Workshops and Conferences |  ASL Annual Conferences | Webinars | Side Events 


The ASL fosters knowledge management and learning exchanges among the participant country projects and an expanded community involved in the region’s conservation and sustainable development. The program facilitates, with a practical and demand driven approach, the transfer of experience and best practices, contributing to capacity building, dissemination of innovation and promoting scaling up of successful activities and approaches emerging from the national projects as well as those of other partner initiatives. By linking knowledge activities to the stakeholder implementation experiences, the program ensures that the knowledge transferred is relevant, capacity is built and learning is accelerated.

Study Tours 

Community Based Sustainable Tourism Study Tour
Rio Negro, Brazil | 2021

The ASL Program supports Community-Based Sustainable Tourism, recently facilitating a knowledge exchange journey, including virtual lessons and a study tour with local entrepreneurs, community leaders, and government officials from Brazil, Colombia, and Peru.

Watch the video here. Access training material here in  Spanish and Portuguese. Read feature story here.

Governance and co-management between protected areas and indigenous territories
Madre de Dios, Peru | November 2–9, 2019

For seven days, representatives of institutions, communities, and indigenous peoples of Peru, Brazil, and Colombia participated in an internship facilitated by the ASL and led by the National Service of Protected Natural Areas of Peru, SERNANP (for its acronyms in Spanish). The internship focused on learning first-hand the experiences of the communities of Boca Isiriwe and Puerto Azul Mberowe and their experience under their role as Executor of Administration Contract (ECA for its acronyms in Spanish) of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve located in Madre de Dios, in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. The event, as well as other knowledge management events, aim to strengthen the regional knowledge network within the framework of the ASL Program and disseminate good practices in sustainable management models and territorial governance. For more information about the event, click this link (in Spanish). | Presentations

Knowledge Exchange of Forestry Community Selva Maya – Amazonia: Working Together for the Forest, Life and Peace
Petén, Guatemala | July 14–20, 2019

Twenty-one participants from Brazil, Colombia, and Peru gathered to learn how local communities in Guatemala are protecting more than 500,000 hectares of forest, through community concessions granted by the government, while generating economic and social benefits. Participants were from local communities working on forest management, governmental and non-governmental institutions directly interested in the processes, and specialists in forest management and conservation. Similar initiatives being carried out in Brazil and Colombia were also presented.
Download the report on challenges and lessons learned (pdf, Spanish, 16.0 MB)
Watch the video on Community Forestry – Learning from Petén (in Spanish with English subtitles)
Read the article (in Spanish) and the article (in Portuguese).

Sustainable Productive Activities to Conserve the Amazon
Rio Branco – Acre, Brazil | January 29–31, 2018

The goal of this study tour was to learn from best practices managing natural resources in the State of Acre in Brazil. Acre holds valuable lessons for governments and businesses on how to reduce deforestation across an entire jurisdiction while increasing sustainable economic development and enhancing quality of life for its population. Agenda (in Spanish) | Blog


Regional Workshops and Conferences

Selvagem – Study circle about life
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | November 13–15, 2019

ASL contributed to this international exchange of scientific and traditional knowledge bringing together indigenous leaders, scientists, academics, and artists, to reflect on the different aspects of life in the Amazon. The event is part of a broader initiative with conversations, workshops, book publishing, and an internet outreach channel. The cycle of activities will generate a set of annual publications to present results from the topics covered. Visit the event website (in Portuguese).

7th International Wildland Fire Conference (WILDFIRE 2019)
Campo Grande, Brazil | October 28 – November 4, 2019

ASL cofinanced the 7th International Wildfire Conference, an international knowledge exchange event where professionals of different nationalities discussed multiple issues related to fire management and forest fire control. This year the theme of the conference was: Face to face with fire in the changing world: reducing the vulnerability of populations and ecosystems through Integrated Fire Management. The event takes place every four years and for the first time it was organized in Latin America and was attended by approximately 1,100 people representing 41 countries. For more information about the event see its website. A video of the event and some news coverage from Brazilian television can be seen here (in Portuguese): Video 1video 2

World Conversations II: Colombia, Brazil, Peru
Leticia, Colombia | February 10–15, 2019

The “Intercultural Regional Dialogues for Environmental and Territorial Management in the Amazon” was sponsored by the ASL and organized by the Gaia Amazonas Foundation and its strategic partners: the Socio-Environmental Institute (ISA), the Institute of Pesquisa e Formação Indígena Iepé and the Institute of the Common Good (IBC). The event facilitated an exchange of experiences around territorial management issues and environmental governance between indigenous, and national and international civil society organizations, and environmental authorities of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. The report and video summarize the main results and reflections generated in this historic meeting, which helped build joint knowledge and create regional alliances for the future of the Indigenous Territories and Protected Natural Areas in the Amazon Northwest. Report | Video (both in Spanish)
Final declaration of the meeting "Conversations of the World: Intercultural dialogues on environmental and territorial management in the Amazon. Colombia, Peru, Brazil" Spanish | Portuguese (pdf).

First High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade
Lima, Peru | October 3–4, 2019

The ASL contributed to the first high-level conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT). Government delegates from 30 countries of the American continent and representatives from Europe, Asia, and international NGOs attended the Conference. During the IWT 2019, representatives of Governments and Regional Organizations adhere to the “Lima Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade.” The Declaration highlights the firm and determined political commitment to adopt and promote 21 measures that allow fighting against these crimes. Among the commitments, they recognized the jaguar (Panthera onca) as an emblematic species of the Americas and a symbol of the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.

Valerie Hickey, Practice Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) of the World Bank Group, presented, in Plenary 3: Challenges and good practices in monitoring and effective enforcement of the law on wildlife trade, about successful experiences in monitoring, control, and application of legal frameworks related to wildlife. With the support of the ASL, and UNDP as implementing agency, a project in Colombia is implementing a Jaguar corridor initiative in partnerships with Panthera organization to promote coexistence between farmers and big cats given the increase in livestock predation in the region. The project has also developed experiences for community identification and monitoring of species that are vulnerable due to consumption, trade, and human-wildlife conflict. Full text of the Declaration (English, pdf, 0.3 MB).

For more information about IWT 2019, visit the official site of the event (in Spanish).

Conservation Technology Conference
Los Amigos, Peru | June 24–28, 2019

Partially funded by ASL and organized by Andes Amazon Fund, the conference presented innovative emerging technologies in support of conservation and identified ways of collaboration. Article



Symposium on Energy Solutions for Amazon Communities
Manaus, Brazil | March 25–28, 2019
With the support from various partners including the ASL, the symposium was organized to showcase products and services, and generate solutions and recommendations on how to increase the use of alternative sources of energy (i.e. solar, wind, biomass) in isolated and remote Amazonian communities. This approach is in line with the sustainable development approach that also includes sustainable forest management, conservation of natural resources, and protection of the territories for the communities that live in the Amazon. The event brought together 830 participants, including indigenous and community leaders from various states and countries of the Amazon; representatives from federal and state governments, the financial, industrial and commerce sectors, research centers, civil society organizations, and cooperation agencies; and entrepreneurs and students. Report (in Portuguese)

Connectivity - What Are the Criteria for Establishing Ecological Corridors Through Restoration and Landscape Management?
São Paulo, Brazil | December 5–7, 2017

Together with the Ministry of Environment of Brazil, IUCN and BMUB, the ASL supported the seminar to enhance synergies between initiatives in South America with a focus on Brazilian, Colombian and Peruvian Amazon and Brazilian, Argentinian and Paraguayan Atlantic forest. Summary (in Portuguese)


ASL Annual Conferences 

ASL Third Annual Conference
Virtual | October 21–22, 2020

The ASL hosted its third annual conference virtually on October 21–22, 2020. During the event, over 100 participants from the program teams, agencies, and partners shared knowledge and experience on biodiversity conservation and sustainable landscape management in the Amazon. The conference welcomed the participation of new participants and project teams from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru and Suriname involved with the second phase of the program. Visit the conference website  |  Download the report

ASL Second Annual Conference 
Leticia, Colombia  |  September 3–6, 2019 

Over 65 participants including ASL government beneficiaries, partners, implementing agencies, and project teams from Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, gathered at the ASL’s Second Annual Conference in Leticia, Colombia, from September 3–5 to share knowledge, reflect on their work, and inspire one another. Experts delivered keynote talks about community forestry management, conservation agreements for restoration, financing mechanisms for protected areas, and complementary conservation strategies. Report (in Spanish)

ASL Program Second Phase Formulation Workshop
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | September 25–28, 2018

The workshop identifed priority issues to promote a landscape approach intervention in the Amazon and gather innovative tools and research from experts in the field of conservation and sustainable development. Report  |  Taller Preparación ASL2

ASL First Annual Conference 
Iquitos, Peru | May 7–10, 2018

The conference brought together representatives from the governments of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, as well as from national and international NGOs, donor agencies, WBG, WWF and UNDP to share knowledge and experiences on how to improve biodiversity conservation and sustainable management of the Amazon landscapes. Event website | Report (both in Spanish)



Previous Webinars

Sharing successful experiences of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities' engagement in conservation

May 5, 2022 – Indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) are at the center of the biodiversity and climate crises; both because they are impacted by these but also as they are an essential part of the solutions. Solutions such as increasing the percentage of global terrestrial and marine surfaces under conservation and improving their effective management will only be possible by involving, through innovative and inclusive processes, IPLCs in decision making related to natural resources planning and management at multiple scales. IPLCs not only have rights over these natural resources, but they also bring unique perspectives, skills, and a wealth of knowledge that can help find solutions to address not just their local needs but global threats.

The webinar, hosted jointly by the World Bank-led Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program (ASL) and the Global Wildlife Program (GWP) which are both Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded programs, presented selected approaches and tools implemented in Africa and Latin America, that promote engagement with IPLCs in natural resource conservation and sustainable development. Legado Initiative will share their experience in providing tools and resources to establish partnerships with communities towards their Thriving Futures, and Wildlife Conservation Society will share a set of participatory methodologies to help IPLCs strengthen their capacities in territorial management.

Learn more Download the presentations   |  Watch the recording

Securing sustainable financing for conservation areas: A guide to project finance for permanence

Dec 7, 2021 – Governments and their partners in civil society have increased their efforts to protect and conserve nature in line with the anticipated global goal to protect 30% of the planet by 2030. Reaching this goal will require more—and more effectively managed—protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, but current funding is not enough to cover existing needs or to increase the areas under protection. 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 protected area systems. The ASL publication Securing Sustainable Financing for Conservation Areas – A Guide to Project Finance for Permanence was presented during the webinar providing an overview of PFPs, followed by a discussion with a diverse panel of stakeholders from PFPs currently being implemented.
Learn more  |  Read the report   |  Watch the recording


Science Panel for the Amazon - The Amazon We Want

Nov 20, 2021 - In 2021, a group of over 200 preeminent scientists, from the region and beyond, united to form the unprecedented Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA). The Panel is convened by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and has delivered a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind scientific assessment of the state of the Amazon, its current trends, and recommendations for the long-term sustainability of the ecosystem and its people. The webinar aimed to present the SPA recommendations and facilitate a conversation on strategies to promote conservation and advance sustainable development pathways for the region.

Download SPA scientific assessment


Calculating the economic impact of illegal mining

Oct 5, 2021 – Illegal and unregulated artisanal small-scale gold mining poses a significant threat to ecosystems in the world, including the Amazon. The threat is not only due to the deforestation and degradation caused by the activity, but from the use of mercury, which contaminates the water and soil and enters the local food chain via fish. This webinar presented an innovative tool—the Mining Impact Calculator, designed by Conservation Strategy Fund and commissioned by the Brazilian Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office to estimate the monetary value of the social and environmental impacts of illegal gold mining activities focusing on deforestation, river silting, and mercury contamination.

Learn more | Download the presentation


Could a future pandemic come from the Amazon?

May 11, 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  |  Download the presentation  |  Watch the recording


Free flowing rivers in the Amazon region

Feb 16, 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


Valuing Nature Conservation – Quantifying the benefits of protecting the planet's natural capital

Nov 17, 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".
Learn more  |  Download the presentation  |  Watch the recording


Wildlife Insights – A new platform to conserve and monitor wildlife in the tropics

Jul 23, 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. Join this webinar 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.
Read more  |  Download the presentation  |  Watch the recording


Sustainable financing of protected areas – Public-private partnerships, the experience of Forever Costa Rica

Jun 25, 2020 – Forever Costa Rica Association (FCR), a private independent conservation trust fund created in 2010, works in partnership with the Government’s National Service of Conservation Areas (SINAC) to finance and implement the country’s biodiversity conservation efforts and PA system. FCR will present its 10+ years’ experience pursuing the conservation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems and the evolution of its alliances with the private sector and civil society.
Read more  |  Download the presentation  |  Watch the recording


Sustainable financing of protected areas – Earmarking funds from carbon taxes, Colombia

May 19, 2020 – Protected Area systems (PA) are globally considered as one of the most effective approaches for conservation and to tackle climate change, but they are facing ever increasing threats and chronic lack of critically needed financial resources. This webinar focused on the Colombian carbon tax as an economic tool to encourage national greenhouse gas mitigation goals. It showcased the negotiation and design process that led to these funds being earmarked and the resulting impact it has had on PA management and conservation.
Learn more  |  Download the presentation  |  Watch the recording


Roads in the Amazon – A better network for people and the environment

May 5, 2020 – The rapidly expanding network of roads in the Amazon is permanently altering the world’s largest tropical rainforest. The webinar discussed the expected environmental, social and economic impacts of 75 road projects, totaling 12000 kilometers of planned roads in the Amazon region. It was based on a study by the Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) which contributes to informed decision-making by quantifying the environmental, social and economic effects of the planned projects.
Learn more  |  Presentation English  |  Presentation Español  |  Watch the recording


Conservation and local community development in the Great Bear Rainforest

Apr 23, 2020 – This was the first of three webinars hosted by the ASL Working Group on Sustainable Finance. Brodie Guy, Executive Director of the Cost Funds, shared the innovative approaches and experience gained over 10 years of supporting First Nations community businesses, economic development and conservation management in one of the largest remaining temperate rainforests and highlighted lessons that could inspire similar approaches for Protected Areas around the world.
Learn more  |  Download presentation  |  Watch the recording


Technology meet policy in the Amazon

Mar 25, 2020 – Our recent webinar featured MAAP, an initiative of Amazon Conservation (ACCA), that specializes in satellite-based, real-time deforestation monitoring of the Amazon as well as their recent 2019 synthesis report on Amazon Deforestation Trends and Hotspots.
Learn more  |  Download the presentation  |  Watch the recording

Here are our  webinars of 2021 and 2020. To see more webinars from 2019 and before please go to Webinars by the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program.


Side Events

IUCN Conference – Collaboration for protecting the Amazon people and nature: The case of the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program

Virtual | Sep 6, 2021

The ASL presented their experience promoting collaboration among multiple and diverse stakeholders to conserve and sustainably develop the Amazon at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in a virtual session entitled “Collaboration for protecting the Amazon people and nature: The case of the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes program”. An inspiring panel discussion with members of government, indigenous leaders, private sector, science, and donor representatives presented different points of view on the opportunities and challenges for collaboration in the Amazon and how programs like the ASL can address them. Speakers included: Juan Nicolás Galarza, Vice minister at the Colombian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development; Rosa Cecilia Duran, Indigenous leader, Tierra Alta Indigenous Reserve – Colombia; Liliana Java, Cocama Indigenous Leader, Puerto Nariño – Colombia; Fany Kuiru, Uitoto Indígenous Leader – Colombia; Carina Pimenta, Executive Director, Conexsus – Brazil; Emma Torres, Vice President for the Americas, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network; and Avecita Chicchon, Program Director, Andes-Amazon Initiative, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The event, moderated by Anna Wellenstein, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean in the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Practice Group, included a presentation by ASL Coordinator Ana María González, and closing remarks from Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, GEF CEO and Chairperson, and Valerie Hickey, Practice Manager, Environment, Natural Resources & Blue Economy Global Practice, World Bank. Learn more 

RedLAC Congress 2021 – Conservation Trust Funds (CTF) experiences in implementing the PFP model – challenges and successes

Virtual | Sep 30, 2021

The ASL participated virtually at the 2021 RedLAC Congress in the session “CTF experiences in implanting the PFP model – Challenges and successes” where international experts and representatives from environmental funds were invited to share their experience in the creation and development of the PFP project model, and its associated challenges and achievements. The event was moderated by ASL Coordinator Ana María González and included presentations from Colombia’s Patrimonio Natural, PROFONANPE from Peru, and RedLAC ́s President Zdenka Piskulich. The event included a presentation of the ASL’s PFP Guide. Watch the recording

Amazon rainforest, connectivity, and indigenous territories: Challenges for the new post-2020 global biodiversity framework – North Amazon Alliance

Virtual | July 6, 2021

The North Amazon Alliance, an alliance of eight national NGOs, working towards conservation in the Amazon, organized a series of conversations and reflections among experts, academics and indigenous leaders under the theme: “Amazon rainforest, connectivity and indigenous territories: challenges for the new Global Biodiversity Framework” aiming to contribute a dialogue for the negotiation and development of a strengthened, effective, and participatory global biodiversity agenda, and to highlight the fundamental role of the Amazon in the protection of biodiversity.

The ASL was invited to participate in the panel “Towards a better-connected Amazon: successful articulation initiatives”, that was moderated by Julia Miranda (World Commission on Protected Areas) and presented successful experiences of coordination between Indigenous Peoples and local governments and/or environmental authorities, as a new conservation alternative and a way to achieve Target 2 (30x30). ASL Coordinator Ana María González shared the panel with Francisco von Hildebrand (Gaia Amazonas Foundation - Colombia), Fabián Rodas (Sangay-Podocarpus Corridor for Nature and Culture International – Ecuador), Corine Vriesendorp (Keller Science Action Center) and Decio Yokota (Institute for Research and Indigenous Training – Brazil).

Watch the recording | See report of the full event

International Conference: Forest management under a Sustainable Landscape Approach – MINAM

Virtual | Jul 2, 2021

The ASL participated in the virtual international conference: “Forest management under a sustainable landscape approach,” organized by MINAM’S National Forest Conservation Program for Climate Change Mitigation June 30 to July 2. The objective of the conference was to discuss the challenges of climate change in integrated forest management based on the experience of private actors, local populations, and governmental authorities in Latin America and other parts of the world. The ASL was invited to participate in a session on models for forest governance and conservation agreements in Latin America. Amalia Cuba, General Director of Strategies on Natural Resources of MINAM, provided the session’s opening remarks and ASL Coordinator Ana María González presented the ASL’s experiences developing conservation agreements on different scales. She was joined by Martha Cuba, Director of International Affairs of MINAM and GEF Operational Focal Point, who presented: A multi-actor collaboration for systemic changes: The Peruvian experience within the ASL framework. The panel was shared with Thora Amend, Vice-chair of Governance of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and Alejandro Roselli, Director of Communities and Incentives at CI. Watch the recording 

A High-Level Panel on the Regional Challenge to Connect Protected and Productive Landscapes in the Amazon
Lima, Peru | October 14–17, 2019

As part of the III Congress of Protected Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, this event focused on how through the ASL Brazil, Colombia and Peru work jointly to protect globally significant biodiversity and implement policies to foster sustainable natural resources use and restoration of native vegetation cover in the Amazon. Participants shared experiences developed under the ASL Program to achieve connectivity through integrating productive and protected areas in territories that are strategic for biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and the improvement of living conditions for the local communities. Read more English | Spanish

Patrimonio del Peru: The Challenge of Financial Sustainability for the Effective Management of Protected Areas Systems
Lima, Peru | October 16, 2019

As part of the III Congress of Protected Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, the event, organized by SERNANP, facilitated the discussion and exchange of knowledge about the opportunities and challenges involved in the establishment of mechanisms for the financial sustainability of Protected Area Systems and particularly the Patrimonio del Peru Initiative. Adriana Moreira, ASL manager, participated in the event as the ASL supported the activities leading to the closing agreement of the Initiative in May 2019. The program also supports similar mechanisms in Brazil and Peru. Presentations

An Integrated Initiative for Sustainable Management of Amazonian Ecosystems
Da Nang, Vietnam | June 25, 2018

As part of the Sixth GEF Assembly, a side event and a round table for the Amazon presented the program and its partnerships with governments, donors, implementing and executing agencies, and the sharing of experiences in sustainable forest management with the inclusion of biodiversity management principles into sectors that are driving deforestation. Agenda | Presentations