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 and Workshops
Peru, Brazil, and Colombia Exchanged Experiences in the Governance of the Territory in Protected Areas with Indigenous Peoples
Madre de Dios, Peru | November 2–9, 2019For 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, visit the following link (in Spanish).
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. Article (in Spanish) | Article (in Portuguese)
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
(both 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
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
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. A report is being prepared to share the results of this important event.
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
(both in Spanish)
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. Declaration (pdf - 0.3mb). 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
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
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.
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.
Wildlife Insights – A new platform to conserve and monitor wildlife in the tropics
July 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.
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Sustainable financing of protected areas – Public-private partnerships, the experience of Forever Costa Rica
June 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.
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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.
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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.
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Conservation and local community development in the Great Bear Rainforest
April 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.
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Technology meet policy in the Amazon
March 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.
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Fires in the Brazilian Amazon—What’s Happening in 2019
September 18, 2019
The significant uptick of fires in the Brazilian Amazon observed in July and August garnered a tsunami of international attention. To better understand the situation, the ASL hosted a virtual technical meeting “Fogo na Amazônia: O que está acontecendo em 2019?“ to discuss essential information about the fires and its causes. The presentation by Ane Alencar, Science Director of the Institute for Environmental Research (IPAM, in Portuguese), provided an overview of the monitoring and analytical approaches being pursued by IPAM to understand historical deforestation patterns across various Brazilian biomes and land tenure categories. It focused on the complex interactions between deforestation, climatic factors, and land designation categories and their influence on fire incidence in the Amazon, highlighting how data gathered in the first eight months of 2019 shows a significant increase in fire incidence compared with recent historical patterns. Presentation (in Spanish)
Citizen Science for the Amazon
August 28, 2019
This webinar shared information about the project Citizen Science for the Amazon, led by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The project seeks to generate information about fish and water at a basin scale and to train citizens as informed and empowered actors for the sustainable management of fisheries and the conservation of wetlands. With multiple pilot sites in the Amazon region and a network of more than 30 organizations, the project offers solutions for conservation and sustainable development with the community playing the role of leading scientists and users of easy-to-reach technologies. Representatives from research institutions and NGOs from Colombia, Peru, and Brazil shared their experience and lessons from the field. Presentation
How Brazil Has Reduced 80% of the Amazon Deforestation in 10 Years - Lessons Learned and Recommendations
Deforestation is a global challenge for humankind and climate change. Ongoing forest loss, particularly in the tropics, has been a major concern for the scientific and sustainable development communities. However, between 2004-2014, Brazil adopted policies that have reduced forest loss by 80% in the Amazon. The webinar discussed the challenges of designing, implementing and delivering bold results for global climate change mitigation. Presentation
Measuring the Economic Value of the Amazon’s Ecosystem Services
The results of the study developed by the World Bank with the financial support of the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment were presented. Economic Valuation of Changes in the Amazon Forest Area
was developed as part of the project. The hydrological calculations can be accessed on the Research Group on Atomosphere-Biosphere Interaction