About Amazon Rainforest Conservancy - ARC
WHO WE ARE
We are a team of Canadians, Americans and Peruvians working together to acquire land in the Amazon Rainforest in order to assist in the preservation and conservation of endangered flora and fauna species for future generations. Did you know that rainforests are being destroyed at a rate of over 80,000 acres per day? Humans could destroy the last remaining rainforests in 40 years if we continue doing what we are doing!
WHERE WE WORK
We are focusing our resources and efforts on the area of Tambopata in the region of Madre de Dios in south-eastern Peru. Fifty years ago, Tambopata was a remote sparsely inhabited corner of the Amazon Basin unconnected by road to the rest of the world. The opening of the Interoceanic Highway in 2011 (connecting the Atlantic port in Brazil to the Pacific port in Peru) has allowed tens of thousands of people from Brazil and the Andean highlands to flood into this area to exploit the natural resources. Illicit gold mines have popped up everywhere (due to the high commodity price of gold) and are so plentiful, they are visible from space. The impact of gold mining extends beyond forest clearing. The miner’s use of mercury to extract the gold is poisoning the rivers, the people and the living species of Madre de Dios.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Conservation of the Amazon addresses many challenges: climate change, biodiversity preservation and the loss of valuable ecosystem services provided by unique natural areas. We believe the purchasing of intact ecosystems in the Peruvian Amazon for conservation, protection, education and research is one of the most meaningful investments we can make for future generations.
- To protect the environment by conserving ecosystems and biodiversity on a long-term basis; to protect endangered plant and animal species.
- To address the threats from deforestation in the area of Madre de Dios by working with and supporting local rainforest communities on sustainable livelihood alternatives to illegal gold mining and timber extraction.
- To promote biodiversity and tropical conservation through research and education.
WHAT WE DO
In 2014, thanks to supporters like you, we raised enough money to purchase our first piece of land: 616 hectares of a pristine and intact tropical habitat containing an exceptional diversity of trees and plants located in Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru. In 2016, we purchased an additional 800 hectares of a neighbouring property that is equally spectacular. Now we are raising money to purchase three neighbouring properties.
WHY SUPPORT ARC
Our work depends entirely on donations from our supporters who share our passion for the natural world and are committed to helping us achieve our goals.
We are all volunteers in Canada which means we direct all donations to our conservation projects in the Amazon rainforest.
Thank you for joining us in making a difference.
The ARC Team.