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Real-Time Satellite Information and Images of What is Happening in the Amazon

August 23, 2019 | Following up on the current fires in the Amazon forests of Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru, we want to share with you our latest analysis of the situation. Please see today’s MAAP report, which provides real-time satellite data of the region and shows up-close satellite images of what the fires actually look like across all three countries, and how they are impacting Amazonian forests. 

Continuous uncontrolled fires of this scale will bring the forest closer to an irreversible tipping point - a degree of deforestation at which the Amazon basin will no longer be able to generate its own rainfall and will become a fire-prone savanna. Some estimates place the level of deforestation needed to reach this tipping point at 20-25%. Current deforestation is at 17%

That’s why our forest conservation efforts focus on prevention. We partner with local communities and landowners to develop and implement sustainable practices for forests and agricultural lands that reduce deforestation and build resilience against fires. We also work with national and municipal governments in Peru and Bolivia to ensure the protection of conservation areas that help keep us from reaching that tipping point.

In response to the current fires, we are collaborating with actors on the ground in Peru and Bolivia to generate reliable information to implement actions that will help local organizations and residents of the affected areas. Although we do not work on the ground in Brazil, our deforestation reports are available to the Brazilian government and public.

Read our latest MAAP report.


Statement on the fires in the Amazon forests of Bolivia and Brazil

August 23, 2019 | The fires in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil and Bolivia have been burning for three weeks now. Thousands of acres of forests have been lost.

Although Amazon Conservation cannot stop the current fires from happening - at this point, only national and local authorities can - we can help prevent them from happening.  We are doing our part to support current efforts in Bolivia, by working with several organizations to generate reliable information to implement actions that are helping firefighters and inhabitants of affected areas.

Amazon Conservation has been working on the ground in the Amazon of Peru and Bolivia for 20 years, and providing local communities and governments with fire prevention training and supplies, so that local people can be better prepared and at the forefront of preventing and fighting forest fires. We also work directly with land owners to help them manage their land in a more sustainable manner, to reduce fire risk, if they do happen, to limit their spread and impact. 

Not only do we carryout this on-the-ground, in-country support, but we also provide governments and the general public with key information about new fires in the western Amazon. Using our real-time satellite monitoring program (MAAP), we quickly locate burning forests and report this information in real-time to local authorities so that they can take action on the ground before the situation escalates as it has in Brazil. By releasing this information publicly on our website, we provide the public with key data on deforestation that is happening now so that they can compel authorities to take action. 

“The majority of fires are caused by human activity,” said John Beavers, Amazon Conservation's Executive Director. “And only human activity can prevent and stop them. Now more than ever we need to band together. In the same way that the world came together to reconstruct the Notre Dame Cathedral when it burned, we must do the same for the Amazon now.”

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For more information, contact: Ana Folhadella Communications and Development Manager Amazon Conservation Association
Office: (202) 234-2356 |


Pumataki PCA guards

Community guards of the new Pumataki Private Conservation Area in Cusco, Peru. Photo: Karen Eckhardt

Long-tailed Sylph

How many birds were counted during the first annual birdathon?? Find out. Long-tailed Sylph (Aglaiocercus kingi)  at Wayqecha. Photo: Francisco Llacma

 image of an area of road building and development adjacent to primary forest in red tones, and secondary forest regrowth in green tones - from the Carnegie Airborne Observatory

ACA supported the development of a new high-resolution airborne and satellite mapping approach that provides detailed information on carbon stocks in the Amazon. Source: Carnegie Airborne Observatory, Carnegie Institution for Science

Cesar with Peruvian Congress

Former ACA Executive Director César Morán and Ecosystem Services Coordinator Augusto Mulanovich, second and third from right with members of the Peruvian congress and the Ministry of Environment. Photo: Augusto Mulanovich

Photo of new property Villa Carmen

View of Villa Carmen, the new 7,400 acre property purchased by ACA for conservation. Photo: Megan MacDowell

Brazil nut harvester Sarah Hurtado

Brazil nut harvester and entrepreneur Sarah Hurtado. Photo: Miguel Moran

REDD participants registering

Participants registering for REDD Workshop. Photo: Miguel Moran


red tapestry