Response to 2019 Fire Crisis Situation in the Amazon
The Amazon Conservation Team was floored by the unprecedented level of outreach from thousands of people offering support in the face of the fires that overtook parts of the Amazon in August and September of 2019. Entrusted with this generosity of resource and spirit, we feel great responsibility to assign these funds as effectively as possible.
In consultation with indigenous communities and their representative bodies, we have steadily learned where resources are most required, for both urgent attention and future prevention and control. We have begun thoughtfully disbursing funds to regional associations that are addressing community needs including humanitarian relief, ecological recovery, and firefighting training and equipment. These include disbursements to the following organizations:
•SAVIA – Bolivia (Asociación para la Conservación Investigación de la Biodiversidad y el Desarrollo Sustentable)
•COICA – Regional (Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indígenas de la Cuenca Amazónica)
•CIDOB – Bolivia (Confederación de Pueblos Indígenas de Bolivia)
•Aliança da Terra – Brazil
•Xavante Indigenous Communities – Brazil
We will provide summary updates as remaining resources are steadily and significantly allocated. Our great thanks to all contributors for their confidence in ACT’s work.