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The Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is active in Peru and Bolivia. Our directors and staff are experienced ecologists and conservationists. We work to protect biodiversity by studying ecosystems and developing innovative conservation tools to protect land in the region while supporting the livelihoods of local communities.

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Our mission is to protect the world's most diverse landscapes, train the next generation of Amazonian conservationists, and partner with communities to support livelihoods that sustain biodiversity. We conserve the Amazon by protecting state, community, and private lands, by working with governments, by supporting local people to improve their management of natural resources, and by developing conservation solutions. Scientific research guides our approach, and is rooted in our biological stations and field programs in the Andes-Amazon.


We envision a thriving Amazon that sustains the full diversity of life.


Since 1999, ACA has been a pioneer in conserving Amazonian forests. Its founding program provided support for Brazil nut harvesters in Peru, as an incentive for protecting the forest. ACA also established Peru’s first conservation concession in 2001. The Los Amigos Conservation Concession comprises 360,000 acres of the lower Los Amigos watershed, as a buffer for world-famous Manu National Park. ACA’s Los Amigos Biological Station has become one of the most active research centers in the Amazon. Then in 2005, ACA created Peru’s only permanent research center focused on Andean cloud forest ecology and management.


ACA has offices in Washington, DC. Our projects in Peru are implemented by our partner organization, ACCA (Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica), and in Bolivia, ACEAA (Asociación para la Conservación e Investigación de Ecosistemas Andino Amazónicos).


Butterfly photo

Morpho helenor butterfly at ACA's Villa Carmen reserve. Photo: Adrian Tejedor

Photo looking down on trees and river

Trees in the Villa Carmen reserve, Peru. Photo: Adrian Tejedor

Photo of tamarins

Saddleback tamarins at Los Amigos. Photo: Angelica Garcia

Child with tree seedling

A beneficiary of ACA's agroforestry project in Madre de Dios, Peru with a tree seedling. Photo: Hannah Stutzman

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