Eat or be eaten: the role of apex predators

Jaguar in the Amazon by Tom Ambrose

The rainforest produces at least three quarters of the precipitation it depends on. Every day, water is released through the leaves, rises in the air and forms clouds. When rain clouds hit cooler air they release their water in the form of rain. Even when it’s not raining, the cloud cover keeps the rainforest humid and warm. Because of plentiful rain, food and shelter the rainforest has the most density…

Layers of Complexity: Secrets of the Rainforest Canopy

In January, my husband David and I had a rare opportunity to spend almost two weeks in the remote rainforest of the Las Piedras region of South-eastern Peru during the height of the rainy season. It took Liz Feldman – WildFF founding board member and our daughter – a year to organise this special adventure. Her diligent planning meant that 21 family members and friends could experience the wonders of…

Our journey to the Las Piedras Amazon Center

The rainforest covers 1 700 million hectares, an area the size of South America, and 6% of the Earth's surface.

This is our second blog in the Las Piedras guest blog series. Check out Catherine’s layers of complexity to learn more about the design of the rainforest canopy. After several hours, we saw the sign to our destination from the river. On our journey, we passed many areas where the forest had already been cut down and replaced by agriculture. We could easily see the dramatic difference from the river. The…

Our Future Leader exhibits impact of mining on rainforest

Pavel showing his images to congressman Alberto de Belaúnde

We first met Pavel Martianez at our Future Leaders Summit in 2012, where he was a participant and aspiring photographer. Earlier this year he contacted us with an exciting prospect: to support his photo exhibition showing mining conflict in the Amazon for the Congress of the Republic of Peru in Lima, the most important decision-making body in the country. We caught up with Pavel after his photo exhibition to find…

An hour with Ana Amable: entrepreneur, innovator and Future Leader

Ana standing with her bicycle in Madre de Dios, Peru © Ana Amable

At the beginning of the year, the Future Leaders gathered at the Las Piedras Amazon Center for the last time as part of the pilot program. For the past five years, we’ve been working to up-skill and empower 50 young leaders in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, to advance sustainable development in the area known as the ‘biodiversity capital of the world’. Although the pilot has finished, the…

Una hora con Ana Amable: emprendedora, innovadora y proponente de la sostenibilidad

Ana standing with her bicycle in Madre de Dios, Peru © Ana Amable

2018 fue el último año del programa piloto Innova Madre de Dios. Hace cinco años, WildFF estableció el programa con la meta de ayudar, entrenar y empoderar a 50 jóvenes líderes en Madre de Dios, Perú, para lograr un futuro más sostenible para la región conocida como ‘capital mundial de la biodiversidad’. Aunque se ha terminado el piloto, los jóvenes de la red Innova siguen teniendo impacto positivo sobre su…

Protecting vulnerable forests in the Las Piedras region

Scarlet macaw

It is with great excitement that the NGO Junglekeepers Peru announces it has officially protected a 2,780 acre (1,125 ha) Brazil nut concession in Peru’s Las Piedras watershed. This increases the amount of protected rainforests in the middle Las Piedras River to 15,960 acres (6,459 ha) of interconnected rainforests. The Las Piedras watershed Part of the Tropical Andes hotspot, this watershed is one the most biodiverse places in the world….

Moringa, the gift of miracles

Planting trees at the Native Seeds nursery

The past year has been witness to a whole new program within our Native Seeds Project. As hundreds of thousands of families from South Sudan began pouring into Northern Uganda we began to ask ourselves: what can we do? It’s a humanitarian crisis so vast that sometimes having an impact seems out of reach, and yet simultaneously, having a crisis of that degree in your project’s proverbial backyard propels you…

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…