All investments are selected on the basis of their contribution towards protecting the Amazon rainforest and improving the well-being of the communities living in the Amazon.
AIV contributes to the protection and regeneration of the rainforest by providing indigenous communities and their partners with the finance and technical expertise needed to sustainably manage their farms and the forest.
Protecting the Amazon Rainforest is essential for tackling climate change and protecting biodiversity on our planet. 120 million hectares of rainforest is cut down or burned every year, under pressure from illegal logging, mining and the expanding use of the land for agriculture. Further, loss of the rainforest is removing one of the world’s largest carbon sinks, with a significant portion of the region likely to change from rainforest to savannah if the current rate of deforestation continues.
1.7 million indigenous people live within indigenous territories covering around one-third of the Amazon land area and have a critical role in conserving the rainforest. Amazon indigenous territories and protected areas store well over one-half (58%; 41,991 MtC) of the region’s aboveground carbon.
In recent years many communities have acquired title to the land and have great potential to manage the use of the land to both generate an economic return through farming and other businesses whilst regenerating and protecting the forest.
Over the next 5 years we aim to protect over 1,000,000 hectares
of rainforest reaching over 200,000 people.
Protect the Amazon forest to mitigate climate change
Increasing sustainable land use and farming practices
Increasing forest conservation and restoration
Improve the well-being of communities in the Amazon forest
Increasing the competitiveness and resilience of farmers
Increasing income to indigenous and forest communities
Increase investment in indigenous communities
Increasing finance available to communities on fair terms
AIV provides the working capital farmers and cooperatives need to be able to survive and grow so they have a sufficient income to continue with small scale farming businesses and provide an alternative to illegal mining and logging and other threats to the forest.
AIV works collaboratively with the cooperatives to agree environmental targets that evolve over time to improve the sustainability of their land use and monitoring of deforestation on their community lands.
Creating real impact
AIV’s work contributes to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Example metrics used to measure projects’ impact.