Indigenous peoples and local communities legally own at least a quarter of the Amazon. Supporting their management of these lands is critical to protecting the Amazon against the threats of unsustainable development and climate change.
Our Future Forests–Amazonia Verde is working to conserve up to 12 percent of the Amazon — about 73 million hectares (180 million acres) — by 2025. Supported by the government of France, the project is one of the conservation priorities of the Alliance for the Protection of Tropical Forests, an initiative for the protection, restoration and sustainable management of tropical forests. It supports the Leticia Pact, an agreement among seven Amazonian countries to address deforestation, fires and sustainable development in the world’s largest rainforest.
The project supports the conservation initiatives of 26 groups of Indigenous peoples and local communities — providing them with the tools, training, and financing needed to manage their lands and support overall conservation of the Amazon. Project activities will benefit more than 68,000 men, women and children.
The project also provides an opportunity to help close gender gaps by supporting women’s leadership and highlighting women’s roles as key players in local, national and regional conservation decision-making processes. Particular attention will be given to the application of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and other rights-based approaches for gender equity.
Our Future Forests–Amazonia Verde will focus on four key areas:
Protecting and improving management of Indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ lands
Working together with Indigenous organizations and local authorities to increase the amount of land under protection and support the improved management of existing Indigenous lands and buffer zones using a combination of traditional knowledge and new technology. We are also supporting the development of land management plans where they currently do not exist, and guidelines for managing of natural resources and cultural heritage.
Enhancing leadership training and opportunities for professional development
Providing tools to build technical capacities and engaging decision makers through programs aimed at improving negotiation, finance, administrative and communication skills. The project is supporting new leaders, by providing strategic training for women and youth. For more information see the Women’s Fellowship Program.
Identifying sustainable value chains and financial mechanisms
Increasing possibilities to access financing for livelihood strategies and business ideas in support of sustainable development and goods that do not contribute to deforestation in the Amazon. The project is working to facilitate access to climate and conservation finance and develop innovative opportunities.
Improving advocacy for the Amazon
Sharing lessons learned across the Amazon basin to contribute to Indigenous and local leaders’ understanding of climate change, ongoing mitigation and adaptation efforts, and negotiations and conservations agreements underway. Also, showcasing efforts and results to a wider audience by participating in international conservation events.