Can Conservation and Development Coexist?

Imagine a small Peruvian farming community where people still live as their ancestors have for countless generations. Now imagine the change that would come from placing a busy international airport directly next to this town. Each morning, instead of farm animals welcoming the sun, it is jumbo jets full of international tourists. How would you feel if you lived in this town? How would your personal personal health and traditions…

Help Future Leaders Reach Their Goal on Indiegogo   

  Exciting news—our Indiegogo campaign for Future Leaders 2016 has launched! We are psyched to return to the Madre de Dios region in Peru for a third straight year. Over the last two years, WFF members, along with local educators, have led a sustainable business and leadership program for aspiring young leaders in the Peruvian Amazon. Our ultimate goal has been to help these leaders materialize their ideas to create sustainable…

ARCAmazon Update

Laughter and music break through the cacophony of the jungle. The soft lights of candles and lanterns illuminate the faces around the circle, catching the crinkles of eyes mid-laughter and flashes of gold that shine from sharp, joking smiles. It is a night of celebration in the workers’ camp here at the Las Piedras Amazon Center, where years of extensive planning and hard work have finally begun to take concrete…

Puerto

I can hear them start to pass us just before they zoom by, Jason’s laugh echoing as he whips his head around, his face lighting up in exhilaration. I clutch the vest of my moto-taxi driver, unaccustomed to the speed as we race through the streets of Puerto Maldonado. We weave in and out amongst Tuk-tuks and other motos, the sounds of a growing city reverberating around us. Officially recognized…