Protection of humanity’s last tropical rainforest with the support of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and the youth of the world.
The future quality of life on Earth depends significantly on our ability to maintain the balance of nature as we are all part of it. Our hearts and minds demand that we protect our last remaining rainforest by supporting indigenous peoples, because we share a common future.
Time is running out fast so we want to meet enough reasonable people who wish to work for a livable world for future generations.
Man is destroying nature, so man should work on conserving healthy ecosystems and restoring those under threat. For the Amazon Basin, we are pinning our hopes on the indigenous peoples in the forest, who are natural born rangers, and on the youth of the world. We enable both to work together for this common goal.
The indigenous peoples of the Amazon want to live with their forest and their traditions in a modern way.
Therefore they have to be able to provide a future for their children in the forest. AMAZONICA has developed a model for modern living and working in the forest based on sample communities such as those of the Achuar and Shuar in Ecuador. The objectives are: learning, self-determination, ecologically-sensitive production and income for the families.
The measures are carried out in all areas of life: education up to academic degrees have been provided along with handcrafts, agriculture, municipal planning, medical infrastructure, preserving culture, and environmental protection.
This model has proven very successful and is duplicated now across the region.
The youth of the world are the ones who determine the future of life on this planet.
Therefore we want to convey to them an understanding of the significance of the tropical rainforest combined with a responsible approach.
This is precisely what is achieved at the AMAZONICA Academy. The foundation represents the first old-growth forest academy, far away from the road network. Thanks to its favorable location in two indigenous villages, it provides international universities with an infrastructure for exploration and education in a primary forest while also providing the forest population with employment and income in their homeland. The indigenous peoples and students from all over the world work together as equals.
The pilot project “Rescue our tropical rain forest by promoting its natives”
The pilot project goes back to an initiative started by the native population in 1999; it was conjointly prepared over a time span of two years (up to 2001). The model matured in practice over an additional six years (up to 2007). The Shuar, Achuar and Kichwa tribes provided model municipalities in the Ecuadorian rainforest specifically for this purpose. Together with the families in these villages, the “Program for contemporary living and working in the forest” was carried out, and, where deemed appropriate, was modified and adapted to the varying conditions. Procedures, experiences and results were collected and used as a basis for the continued expansion of these successful measures in the overall AMAZONICA program.