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Alliance For A Sustainable Amazon

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Forest Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon (ASA) is a U.S.-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is active in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon. Our mission is to conserve biodiversity and promote the sustainable use of Amazonian natural resources for the benefit of all those who live in and depend on the rainforest. Southeastern Peru is among the most biodiverse places on Earth and boasts a large number of expansive protected areas that shelter more species of plants and animals than almost anywhere else. However, widespread, uncontrolled resource extraction and climate change are presenting ever greater threats to the long-term health of the region’s rainforest ecosystem. Our research, reforestation, and education projects aim to document southeastern Peru’s plant and animal species and monitor their populations in the face of ongoing environmental change, restore degraded forests by building local capacity, and inspire the next generation of community and conservation leaders in the Amazon.

Results: To date we have documented thousands of species of plants and animals throughout the region, monitored the impacts of climate change on their populations, planted thousands of trees to restore degraded rainforest ecoystems, and delivered quality environmental education to some of the Amazon's most disadvantaged children. As the threats facing the Amazon continue to grow and evolve, it's important that we keep this work going.

Target demographics: Protect species, restore rainforest ecosystems, and inspire the next generation of the Amazon's stewards

Direct beneficiaries per year: >1,200 children, 1,000s of trees, and 1,000s of unique and threatened plants and animals

Geographic areas served: Peru's Madre de Dios region, in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon

Programs: Biological research and monitoring, sustainable tropical agriculture, agroforestry, and reforestation, and environmental education projects

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Jessica F.11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered in July 2019 and given the opportunity, would volunteer again in a heartbeat. Camping and assisting with research in the Peruvian Amazon was an incredible experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience in Asa was incredible, I was as a research resident in the Lepidoptera project, I learned a lot from the whole team, who do an extraordinary job, committed to conserving the forests, working with the community and the research work that is carried out. does there. I'm going to miss those reforestation Fridays, planting your trees in the Amazon jungle, it's like leaving your mark on the earth, I hope to return soon to be able to eat and see the fruits of everything that ASA as an organization will achieve.

1 Paola A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fui becaria de ASA en el año 2017 durante dos semanas en una Expedición de Lepidoptera. Conocí a Geoff y a Joanna en esa época y para mí, como bióloga en formación en ese tiempo, fue un acontecimiento muy importante, pues no sólo me generó conocimientos teóricos y prácticos sobre mariposas y polillas, sino también calidez y respeto por la naturaleza para emplearlos hasta la actualidad. Es increíble el trabajo que desempeñan tanto Geoff, Joanna y todo el equipo de ASA; los diferentes esfuerzos que ellos realizan para dar a conocer la diversidad, enseñar la importancia de ella y ser parte de la conservación de la selva peruana, tanto a la sociedad como a la comunidad científica.
Sólo tengo buenos recuerdos de esas dos semanas, hasta ahora estoy agradecida con ellos por la gran oportunidad brindada, y me gustaría seguir colaborando futuramente con la organización.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They allowed me to exploit my creativity and achieve goals like those I could not have imagined, such as the publication of a scientific article. I am very grateful to this natural laboratory and I will always be amazed at the wonders it preserves.

2 Dominick R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Authentic, on the ground commitment to protecting Amazonia!

2 Zoe W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for six months as a volunteer with Alliance For a Sustainable Amazon and have high praise of the organization. ASA has ambitious and important goals for the sustainable development of the region and is working incredibly hard to meet them. The staff were supportive of my individual development and gave me the tools to help me succeed. The facilities and living arrangement exceeded my expectations and as a biologist, the rainforest was always a dynamic and exciting place to live. Since volunteering with ASA, the lessons I've learned and skills I've developed have stayed with me and helped progress my professional career and personal growth.

2 Brandon B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I studied as a student and work with ASA where I learned sustainable ways to help local communities and the environment. It was a life changing experience.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit organization with extensive research and educational programs.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Fincas Las Piedras, the field site for the NGO Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon (ASA) for two weeks in 2017. The site is well run and lots of important work is being done there. ASA has contributed a substantial amount to our understandings of many ecological processes and organisms in southeastern Peru. They do great work with local communities, encouraging a love for the environment and promoting sustainable agriculture. This organization does lots of good in a very important part of the world!

1 Sami A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined ASA on an excursion to Manu in 2018. The team was engaging and professional as well as fun. I learned a lot on that trip and ASA continues to educate me about the area through their ongoing work. Great organization!

2 Amanda L.11

Donor

Rating: 5

ASA is a wonderful organization! I always look forward to the updates about their meaningful work on different conservation, education, and research initiatives.