Did you know that more than 2 million hectares of the Amazon under private ownership is protected by some form of conservation effort? It’s a pretty amazing fact — and the Amazon is a pretty amazing place. One in ten known species in the world live in the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon is under great threat from deforestation, destruction and development, which not only destroy the forest and the animals and plants living there, but also releases stored carbon into the atmosphere. Since the industrial revolution, at least 25% of all all emissions have come from destroying wild nature – destroying forests and other natural land, such as the Amazon, is a huge component to global climate change.
Bruno Monteferri (Peruvian Society for Environmental Law), a friend of WILD’s and WILD9 delegate, recently published a book highlighting the private conservation efforts in the Amazon. Private Conservation in Amazonian Countries presents how private, voluntary initiatives are being promoted and the obstacles and challenges faced in these initiatives.
The book is a great resource for furthering conservation efforts in the Amazon. It contains country reports from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela, and a comparative analysis on the state of private conservation in Amazonian countries – providing an overview of the legal and economic incentives of conservation efforts in the Amazon. You can download the comparative analysis (English) and the complete book (Spanish) online. To learn more about this book, you can contact Bruno (bmonteferri (a) spda.org.pe).