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AMAZONICA wants to preserve the rainforest for all humanity.

For this purpose, we have developed innovative solutions

together with the indigenous peoples of the Amazon.

A statement in August 2019 by Mascha Kauka, Founder of AMAZONICA

Dear friends, you all know it: the Amazon rain forest is burning!


The lungs of our planet, which could save us from the worst climate consequences, are in flames. The largest carbon sink in the world, which usually absorbs climate-wrecking gases, now sends unimagined amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It releases the poison it swallowed for us.


Satellite images show 72,000 seats of fire (seventy-two thousand!) spread over the Amazon Basin. 72,000 spots, where the forest burns, where the animals die and the vegetation is destroyed. The soil erodes and the largest freshwater reservoir in the world dries up.


Some know-it-alls will argue that it always burned in the rain forest in the dry season. That might be true, but in a natural way and controlled by nature.

82% of the current fires are started directly or indirectly by man. Directly through malicious arson and indirectly through deforestation and climate change (temperature increase).


And where are the seats of fire?

The densest distribution is in Brazil, where the forest destruction by man is strongest. The edges of the forest burn around every larger cleared and thus dry area. It is land to plant genetically modified crops, to serve as pastures for cattle, to build roads and dams, and land for the exploitation of non-renewable resources. It burns where the Amazon forest is already tortured and wounded.


The satellite images show that the forest is also burning in Bolivia and Peru.

The Amazon forest in Ecuador does not burn.


I dare to make the case that intact forest hardly burns, at least not beyond the known natural extent.

And why is it still intact? Because it is located on protected indigenous territories. At least in Ecuador, the entire Amazon rain forest is owned by indigenous peoples with land titles.

Not that these people are saints, but they do not play with fire.

In the west of the Amazon Basin from Colombia to Bolivia, the indigenous population is denser.

More indigenous peoples with more influence = less forest destruction.


Of course, the forest dwellers can fall victim to the temptations that various industries offer them, but much less often if they have alternatives. And that is exactly where the focus of the work is that AMAZONICA does:

"Protection of the tropical rain forest by supporting its indigenous peoples"

That's exactly what we do and what I have been fighting for the last 40 years.


We create education and employment, so that these peoples do not need to exploit the forest but conserve it.

All the more in Ecuador, where some of the headwater streams of the Amazon River originate.


Support our work and set an example for the Amazon!

Protect it together with AMAZONICA and our indigenous partners. We have to act NOW.


In the name of the Amazon rain forest thank you very much for every donation

and kind regards






Donations to Foundation "Stiftung AMAZONICA" – IBAN: DE31 7112 0077 0363 8664 09 – BIC: HYVEDEMM448 Of course, AMAZONICA will issue a donation receipt for donations of € 200.00 or higher. For donations below € 200.00, the tax office accepts the transfer voucher.







For 30 years, AMAZONICA has met the 8 UNO millennium goals

Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

AMAZONICA has confidence in education and, together with the respective groups, the foundation develops models for living and working in a contemporary world with dignity, without having to migrate. Creating jobs and income is important in the rain forest too.

Achieve universal primary education

AMAZONICA builds and maintains primary schools, makes secondary school attendance possible, provides scholarships for post-secondary studies and, in particular, supports  training for craftsmanship and a skilled trade.

The work done by AMAZONICA meets the eight millennium goals set by UNO.
The points emphasized here are education, nature conservation, global partnership,
women and children. The AMAZONICA Academy is a perfect partner of the UNESCO education initiative for sustainable development. This unique institution serves the indigenous population

in the rain forest as well as international students and scientists and resolutely pursues

the goal of nature conservation through education.

A global partnership for development

AMAZONICA Academy is a prototype for global cooperation for the good of everyone. The first academy in the primary forest in indigenous territory creates local education opportunities and jobs by allowing young people all over the world to become familiar with the forest and learn to appreciate and preserve it.

Promote gender equality and empower women

AMAZONICA focuses on working with women because they are the heart and power source of the family. With great success, the foundation supports efforts to ensure that girls and women share and participate in everything and experience equality in all areas of life.

Reduce child mortality

AMAZONICA relies on education here as well, and particularly on hygiene. Mortality rates decrease dramatically in response to personal hygiene, a clean house, clean water and a minimal amount of medical care.

Ensure environmental sustainability

AMAZONICA is convinced that the future quality of life on Earth primarily depends on our ability to maintain the balance of nature as we are part of it. To protect the forest from inside, we rely on its indigenous population. The protection of the rain forest from outside must be ensured by all of us living in industrialized nations.

Improve maternal health

AMAZONICA has built countless health centers and also provides mobile consultation, with instructors that travel from village to village explaining what is important before and after giving birth. Both conventional and natural medical care are offered.

Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

AMAZONICA fought a malaria epidemic for three years within the project region (10,000 sq. km). It was the most comprehensive campaign in the entire Amazon region and its success continues today: the region has been malaria-free for eight years.