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…

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

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