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…

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…

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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…

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…

Future Leaders Summit 4: Why Place Matters

Varun Giving a Tropical Ecology Talk in the Forest

This is the 4th post in our Future Leaders Summit 4 series. Read the previous posts: 1. Future Leaders Summit 4: Growing the Network 2. Future Leaders Summit 4: Hopes and Dreams 3. Future Leaders Summit 4: Wilder than Ever! Inspiring environmental action by connecting innovators with nature We believe that knowing a place is a powerful means of connecting individuals and communities to each other. Place-based learning is transformative,…

Future Leaders Summit 4: Wilder than Ever!

Community along the Las Piedras River

This is the 3rd post in our Future Leaders Summit 4 series. Read the previous posts: 1. Future Leaders Summit 4: Growing the Network 2. Future Leaders Summit 4: Hopes and Dreams Our 4th Future Leaders Summit was a great success, better and wilder than ever before! This was the first year that the Future Leaders Program was able to directly collaborate with ARCAmazon & LPAC, situated in the heart…

Future Leaders Summit 4: Hopes and Dreams

It’s not all trees! Puerto Maldonado residents need more green spaces. Credit: LovePeru.co

This is the 2nd post in our Future Leaders Summit 4 series. Read the previous posts: 1. Future Leaders Summit 4: Growing the Network Our new participants “A better quality of life, one that values identity, culture and biodiversity” – one Future Leader’s dream for the future We’re excited to report that the 2017 Future Leaders program received a record number of applications! Our Summit 4 participants are an incredibly…

Future Leaders Summit 4: Growing the Network

This is the 1st post in our Future Leaders Summit 4 series. We are currently preparing for our 4th Summit (an exciting time here at WildFF!), which will take place on January 7-13, 2017 at the Las Piedras Amazon Center. This year’s rainforest retreat is set in a gorgeous concession secured by WildFF and our partner ARCAmazon. It is the perfect setting for our summit, as participants can witness first-hand…