Five years, 50 leaders connected

Future Leaders 2018 t-shirts

FIVE YEARS, 50 LEADERS CONNECTED: THE FINAL YEAR OF OUR FUTURE LEADERS PILOT PROGRAM IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST ‘The program has allowed me to learn from the experiences of other local leaders, and has taught me that nothing is impossible if you work together’ – Cecilia Borde Quispe, Future Leader and ecotourism graduate In our final year, we reached an exciting milestone: 50 young leaders are now connected through the…

Creating networks for sustainable development in the rainforest: our five year journey

2018 is the last year of our 5 year pilot program: Future Leaders. What began as a dream to protect a strategically important piece of forested land in the Las Piedras watershed in Peru, has grown into a network of like-minded professionals working to draw attention to the value of forests and providing ways for people to engage in conservation and sustainable development. Those with a hand in planning the…

How can the power of storytelling help innovate solutions to environmental challenges?

WildFF’s Future Leaders Program in Madre de Dios, Peru

Wild Forests & Fauna (WildFF) will be hosting the fifth and final year of a 5 year pilot program in the Peruvian Amazon: the Future Leaders summit. Taking place between January 14-18, 2018, the summit will bring together 10-20 local youth leaders from both the Amazon gateway city of Puerto Maldonado and rural communities in the Las Piedras river to collaborate on sustainable business solutions to local challenges. The program…

Planting Trees One Farmer at a Time

Opoka and his fellow farmers remember that the parish of Atiyaba in northern Uganda was once forested. This mosaic landscape of savannah-like grassland was punctuated by great swathes of tropical forest expanding out from river ways and swamps. Tree cover was the norm and not the exception, and even in grassy landscapes trees were everywhere. These trees were necessary to human survival; providing food, medicine and materials for building homes and creating…

Sowing Native Seeds as a Path to Resilience

Wise Women, Uganda

We’re proud of the work that the Native Seeds project has done. To donate directly to Native Seeds, visit their Global Giving page.

Community Makes Conservation

Group at the Las Piedras Amazon Center

Involving people in conservation and development at LPAC   The vision behind LPAC was to build a place in the Peruvian Amazon where people would come to study and connect with the incredible rainforest ecosystem while supporting the protection and sustainable development of the local region. Run by our Peruvian partners ARCAmazon, LPAC is a model for sustainable development in a very special area of Madre de Dios: the Las…

El viaje de una Innovadora: desde el Amazonas Peruano a un ‘Fulbright’ en la Florida

Tania Romero Bautista in the Amazon

También puedes leer este articulo en ingles. Durante el mes de enero del presente año la Red Innova visitó con entusiasmo la región Madre de Dios, los jóvenes participantes desde entonces han puesto en marcha sus ideas en esta región del Perú. Tania Romero Bautista, una de las primeras innovadoras que se unió al programa desde sus inicios, se encuentra estudiando como becaria Fulbright un master en desarrollo sostenible en…

The Story of our World

Wise Women, Uganda

This is the story of our world: For the first time ever, more than half of all people live in cities. Cities are simply something that didn’t exist for most of the human era – indeed, what we now mean by city has scarcely existed for a hundred years. For the first time ever, most humans live within a landscape that was constructed almost entirely by and for humans. And…

Catching up with Tania Romero Bautista

Tania Romero Bautista in the Amazon

How a first-year Future Leader made her way from the Peruvian Amazon to a Fulbright in Florida You can also read this article in Spanish. Since our Future Leaders Summit back in January our participants, or innovadores as they call themselves, have been spreading their ideas and vision throughout Madre de Dios. I caught up with Tania Romero Bautista, who joined us in the first year of the program and…

Mother, farmer, agent of change

Oromo's sons helping with the harvest

Hi all, I’d like to introduce you to someone. Her name is Oromo Jenet. She is a mother of seven, and she makes her modest living as a farmer and traditional healer, growing crops for subsistence and providing health care and healing to her community. She is at once both gentle and fierce: gentle, with a smile that immediately washes away any preoccupations running through your mind, and fierce, with…