Since 2001, when the foundation began supporting efforts in the region to secure the biodiversity and climate function of the Amazon basin, the Andes-Amazon Initiative has contributed to the conservation of more than 140 million hectares. Over the next five years, the initiative will work to promote the effective management of protected areas and indigenous lands in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia through three priority strategies — creating and consolidating individual conservation units of indigenous lands and protected areas; conserving forest cover by incorporating protected areas and indigenous lands into relevant state, municipal, and district jurisdictional development and land-use plans; and securing long-term funding mechanisms for national park systems, as well as effective monitoring and management systems informed through participatory processes.
"National parks represent an extraordinary and effective means of conserving countries' natural legacies, often with global implications — for example, they can help nations achieve their National Determined Contributions and their climate agreement forest conservation pledges coming out of COP21," said Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, COP20 president and Peruvian minister of the environment. "But to endure, park systems require precisely the kind of sustainable finance mechanisms that Moore and many other partners are helping to promote."
"Working at these different scales, from individual conservation units to land-use mosaics to national park systems, we believe we can help create a regional conservation infrastructure," said Guillermo Castilleja, the foundation's chief program officer for Environmental Conservation. "This approach will help ensure the long-term resilience and durability of the exemplary gains in forest conservation that our Andes Amazon Initiative grantees and others have worked so hard to accomplish."