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Living Amazon Initiative

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GUYANA

A contribution towards a greener development model in the Amazon

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One in ten known species on Earth lives in the Amazon. Its forests contain 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, the release of even a portion of which would accelerate global warming significantly. Over 30 million people living in the Amazon depend on its resources and services – not to mention many millions more living as far away as North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, but still within the Amazon’s far-reaching climatic influence.

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Black spider monkey (Ateles chamek)

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Brazil nut tree (Bertholletia excelsa)

Puerto Asís

Broad leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)

QUITO Cuenca

Although WWF’s presence in the region has been key to many conservation results over the years, it is with the articulation of the Living Amazon Initiative in 2008 that WWF has been able to bring together 40 years of experience as part of a unified front to address the challenges to the Amazon Biome as a whole.

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Giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis)

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Puerto Leguízamo

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ECUADOR

Rapidly expanding global markets for meat, soy and others, and the imminent realization of large-scale transportation and energy infrastructure projects coupled with poor planning are contributing to deforestation and increased pressure on the natural resources and environmental services upon which millions of people depend. Increased temperatures and decreased precipitation caused by global warming will exacerbate these trends.

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Over the next years WWF will develop far reaching and powerful partnerships with governments, civil society, and the private sector to promote the transformational processes needed to foster a common vision for an ecologically healthy Amazon Biome that maintains its environmental and cultural contribution to local peoples, the countries of the region, and the world, within a framework of social equity, inclusive economic development and global responsibility.

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Young white-lipped peccary (Tayassu tajacu)

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AMAZON BIOME AMAZON BASIN NATIONAL BOUNDARIES CAPITAL CITIES REFERENCE CITIES PROTECTED AREAS INDIGENOUS TERRITORIES MAIN RIVERS ROADS DEFORESTATION HYDRO-POWER INFRASTRUCTURE*

Jaguar (Panthera onca)

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BOLIVIA BRASILIA Mismi Mountain

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MARIO PANDURO / KJELD NIELSEN / Juan Carlos Riveros / MARCO FLORES

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Cochabamba

ALTITUDE AND DISTANCE OF KEY GEOGRAPHIC POINTS TO THE MOUTH OF THE AMAZON RIVER Andes

Mismi Mountain, Arequipa - Peru (source of the Amazon) 5500

m.a.s.l.

Cuenca 2500

Cochabamba 2500 Puerto Asís 260

Puerto Leguízamo 190

Iquitos 100

Leticia 90

Porto Velho 90

Manaus 70

Santarem 20

Atlantic Ocean

6400 Km

4650 Km

4500 Km 4400 Km

4000 Km

3500 Km

2900 Km

2250 Km

1450 Km

Andean highlands (5500 - 2500 m.a.s.l.) Montane forest (3000 - 500 m.a.s.l.)

550 Km

VALUING NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS

SOUND LAND PLANNING

Green agribusiness

SUSTAINABLE infrastructure

One of the main drivers of forest conversion in the Amazon is the perceived low economic value of ecosystem goods and services compared to other uses of the natural systems.

Opportunistic land use, characterized by land grabbing, speculation and a tenure system fraught with inefficiencies and lack of enforcement is one of the Amazon’s most critical threats.

Through the promotion of sustainable extractive activities and others such as forest based carbon initiatives, WWF fosters the appropriate valuation of natural ecosystems, based on their key environmental goods, the services they provide and the livelihoods they sustain.

Through capacity building, improved policy proposals and the promotion of creative conservation and sustainable land use schemes, WWF works by advancing appropriate land use planning as a means to ensure optimum design and enforcement of tenure and rights to land.

Extensive cattle ranching is the number one culprit of deforestation in virtually every Amazon country. Eighty per cent (80%) of deforested areas of the biome are occupied by cattle pastures. Agriculture is the second main cause of forest conversion, and it is also a main cause of soil erosion and river water siltation.

In the past, the building of roads has facilitated uncontrolled migration to inaccessible areas with the result of increased land-grabbing, deforestation, and expansion of unsustainable extractive activities. Dam construction, as well, entails a major disruption to river connectivity and severely impacts on aquatic species.

WWF works fostering best agricultural and ranching management practices on lands that are appropriate and legal for such activities.

Together with the public sector, civil society and private companies, WWF works based on scientific methodologies to ensure infrastructure is planned, designed and implemented to minimize impact on natural ecosystems and cultural diversity.

Lowland forest (500 - 0 m.a.s.l.)

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The geographical designations given here do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of WWF concerning the legal status of any country, territory, or area, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. * Active and proposed projects.


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