of the world's known species are found in the Amazon.
A bold plan to protect Amazonia
Amazonia — the forests and wetlands of the Amazon River basin and Guiana Shield in South America — is invaluable to human well-being: We need it to breathe, store carbon and provide critical medicines.
Building on nearly 30 years of working in the Amazon, Conservation International and its partners are pursuing the ambitious goal to achieve zero net deforestation in Amazonia by 2020 to protect essential resources, mitigate climate change and increase prosperity for all people.
of the world's fresh water flows through the Amazon River.
breaths you take (20% of the Earth’s breathable oxygen) is thanks to the Amazon rainforest.
Partnering with indigenous peoples
A critical part of our strategy to achieve zero net deforestation in Amazonia by 2020 includes supporting conservation by indigenous peoples. Partnering with these local stewards of the forest helps build a stronger foundation for long-term sustainable development that improves community well-being; secures forest resources; and protects against the worst impacts of climate change.
Conservation International Office