The , an interdisciplinary team of conservation professionals based in Arlington, Virginia, and the have announced a new initiative designed to protect the Amazon rainforest.
Financed in part by a $1.6 million grant from Skoll, the project aims to create "biocultural conservation corridors" that connect indigenous lands, national parks, state forests, and private landholdings in two swaths of the South American rainforest — one in the northeast and the other in the southwest. To that end, ACT Brazil will partner with and other local organizations — including the , Metareilá, and the (IDESAM) — to strengthen the ability of indigenous communities and government agencies to monitor, manage, and protect the indigenous reserves and adjacent areas while securing additional partnerships to ensure long-term financing for rainforest protection efforts.
The project will help indigenous communities — including the Zoró, Diahui, Cinta Larga, Surui, Wai Wai, Kaxuyana, Tiriyó, and Wayana-Apalaí — in their efforts to prevent deforestation across a hundred million acres in the Karib and Munde-Kwahiba ethno-environmental corridors of Brazil. If successful, the model will be made available to other regions of the Amazon.
"The Amazon Conservation Team, working in partnership with indigenous colleagues and local stakeholders, is implementing inclusive and innovative solutions to better manage and protect Amazon rain forests," said Skoll Foundation president and CEO Sally Osberg. "We believe this local, collaborative approach is critical to demonstrating impact and driving long-term behavior and policy changes."