I am proud to announce that I was recently appointed secretary for the Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon (ASA). ASA is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization started by Dr. Geoff Gallice and Johana Reyes Quinteros as way to promote sustainable agriculture in the Amazon Basin. ASA is based out of Puerto Maldonado, Peru - a region that is experiencing rapid agricultural and urban expansion following the construction of the Interoceanic Highway that links the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Brazil and Peru, respectively. Although the Interoceanic Highway is an important stimulus for economic growth, it has also facilitated the expansion of illegal activities such as gold mining and logging. The scars left from mining and logging are so great that they are visible from space.
As Amazonian countries vie for positions in the global economy, ASA's mission is to promote the sustainable use of natural resources and the conservation of biodiversity for the benefit of all who live in and depend upon the Amazon rainforest. ASA offers several ways that you can help conserve the Amazon including research, internships, and field courses.
Visit ASA's website to learn more!