Age of Union Alliance Announces $3.5 Million Commitment to JungleKeepers for Amazon Rainforest Conservation

The Alliance funds land concessions, local rangers and programs with local communities to protect Peru’s biodiversity capital.

MONTREAL, December 12, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Alliance Union ageled by a technology leader and environmental activist Dax Dasilvais proud to announce a commitment of $3.5 million over five years to the organization Rangers of the jungle. Junglekeepers, one of the Alliance’s first environmental non-governmental organizations, works to protect the Las Piedras River in the region. Madre de Dios, the “biodiversity capital” of Peru, in southeastern Peru. Part of the Amazon basin, this region has pristine rainforests that contain some of the richest and most complex biodiverse ecosystems in the world. This commitment will be in addition to a $625,000 investment by Age of Union in 2021 and will allow Junglekeepers to partner with other local conservation organizations and local communities to create a protected corridor along the river.

Surrounded by three protected national parks and a local reserve, the Lower Las Piedras region is an area of ​​pristine rainforest, home to many rare species of animals and plants, including the Chihuahuan tree. These trees, which are more than 1,000 years old and reach 50 meters in height, provide habitat for hundreds of important species, including macaws. However, the area is threatened by increasing deforestation, as these ancient trees are in high demand by the timber industry. Exacerbated by the region’s proximity to the Transoceanic Highway—a highway created in the early 2000s to support extractive projects such as logging, mining, and industrial agriculture—damage to the region has increased dramatically, threatening the health of the rainforest as well as the flora and fauna that inhabit it. .

Described as the “lungs of the Earth”, the Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the Earth’s oxygen. Without this conservation work, the devastation will worsen, with global impacts on climate and weather changes, loss of biodiversity, destruction of local cultures, and many other devastating consequences.

“With this commitment, Age of Union Junglekeepers will be empowered to oversee and implement conservation efforts in partnership with conservation organizations along the Las Piedras River, sharing the mission of protecting an area of ​​’global importance,'” he said. Dax DasilvaFounder of the Age of Union alliance. “As the world’s largest sink of carbon, the Amazon rainforest plays an important role in the ongoing fight against climate change, and we have an obligation to protect this ecosystem for the future of our planet. »

How Junglekeepers will use Age of Union funds:

  • Acquisition of land concessions : Obtaining land concession rights and protecting rainforests for future generations.
  • Extended guard program: Develop and expand ranger program infrastructure to support patrols of newly acquired concessions.
  • Cooperation with local communities: expand and create supportive partnerships with local communities such as Puerto Nuevo and Monte Salvador Along the Las Piedras River, as legal custodians of the land. Junglekeepers will provide them with the tools they need to fight for their land and secure their claim titles.
  • Regeneration: Reforestation, cultivation of native flora for sustainable food, conservation of animals, etc. restore damaged lands (flora and fauna) through
  • Protection of animals: Reduce the negative impacts of industrial forces on wildlife in the western Amazon by supporting them Amazon Shelteranimal rescue and shelter organization.
  • Continuity programs: Create programs such as local community-based food programs that contribute to the overall sustainability of the corridor and address threats and unsustainable activities. It will lead the “Cocinando y Conservando” food program Roy Riquelmethe local chief in the area Madre de DiosIn the Amazon Basin.

“The Age of Unity has been invaluable in developing the work we do here at Junglekeepers,” he said. Dina TsouluhasCo-founder and CEO of Junglekeepers. “With funding from Age of Union for the next five years, we will be able to work with local communities and local conservation organizations to create a permanently protected corridor along the Las Piedras River. . Their unique wisdom and knowledge of rainforest ecosystems will help guide our action plans as we bring new impetus to the world’s richest and most biodiverse ecosystem. »

2023 will mark the second year of an extended five-year partnership between Age of Union and Junglekeepers, which serves as the springboard for Junglekeepers’ Land Conservation Strategy to protect approximately 50,000 acres of pristine Amazon rainforest in 2022. With Age of Union’s latest donation, Junglekeepers is moving closer to its long-term goal of protecting 200,000 acres.

About the Age of the Commonwealth Alliance
Age of Union is a non-profit alliance that supports and raises awareness for the global community of changemakers working on the ground to protect the planet’s endangered species and ecosystems. Launched in Montreal in October 2021 by tech leader and environmental activist Dax Dasilva. CanadaWith an initial commitment of $40 million, Age of Union strives to ignite a fire in everyone through conservation efforts that address critical environmental issues around the world and inspire tangible change by demonstrating the positive impact that every person can achieve.

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About Junglekeepers
Junglekeepers protect endangered habitats Madre de Dios, a vital region in the Peruvian Amazon. The Las Piedras river basin is part of the Andes/Amazon hotspot, one of the most pristine and biodiverse regions in the world.

This forest is home to tens of millions of trees, many indigenous communities and countless animals. In recent decades, new roads, illegal logging, poaching and gold mining have seriously damaged the ancient forest that is the lifeblood of this region. Junglekeepers works to create a sustainable future for people and the region’s wildlife, helping to create an ecological corridor that will respond to deforestation and connect parts of the Amazon basin, one of the world’s largest protected areas.

Junglekeepers patrol and protect approximately 50,000 acres of this incredible landscape, with a long-term goal of protecting 200,000 acres.

Created by Junglekeepers Paul Rosoliewith co-founders Tsouluhas, Juan Julio Durand, David Johnson, Rebecca Foon, Roy Riquelme and Mohsen Kazmi.

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