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Nearly $108 million dollars a year of private conservation philanthropy has gone to protect the Amazon since 2015. Despite this number, deforestation rates have risen consistently over the past 10 years.

More funding and more strategic investing is needed to stem the tide. Many donors want to help the region but don’t know where to start or who to support.

The Amazon Investor Coalition is working with leading Amazon-focused grantmaking foundations to help mobilize patient, risk-tolerant capital and blended finance to unlock markets that enrich soils, improve livelihoods, protect forests and deliver on climate action.

We believe that investing in a regenerative Amazon bioeconomy is the highest-leverage climate stabilization opportunity in the world at this time.

Correspondingly, protecting the Amazon and its local guardians should be at the heart of the global economic agenda. To achieve this vision, new philanthropic approaches to Amazon conservation are needed that build thriving bioeconomies based on the exchange of indigenous wisdom, modern science and innovation. Our program helps bring this vision into reality

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The Amazon Bioeconomy Small Grant Evaluation Facility aims to improve capillarity between Amazonian bioeconomy stakeholders and circles of capital outside the region. The primary goal of the program is to help accelerate forest-positive bioeconomies across the Amazon.

The project operates as a program of the Amazon Investor Coalition with guidance from an program advisory council of regional organizations. NGOs, cooperatives and startup companies are eligible to apply.

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Philanthropists concerned about conservation, we can help blend their strategies with private sector actors to amplify impact.

The Amazon Investor Coalition unites philanthropy, investment, and corporate procurement to catalyze new economics for ecosystem regeneration, decarbonization, and conservation.

We facilitate deal flow by connecting investors with tailored sustainable impact investment opportunities.

We connect buyers with sustainable producers, and facilitate long-term purchase agreements.