The Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon is a nonprofit working to conserve biodiversity and other natural resources in the Peruvian Amazon, for the benefit of all those who live in and depend on the rainforest.
News from the Amazon
New research in the prestigious journal PNAS confirms what indigenous people have long known—that they are the Amazon's best stewards. The researchers showed that indigenous lands in the Brazilian Amazon were among the least affected by the country's ongoing deforestation crisis. But there is a caveat: indigenous people are most able to effectively defend their forests when their property rights are fully recognized. One more important reason to support indigenous rainforest defenders in the Amazon.
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A new documentary film, 'Voices on the Road', covers the illegal and highly controversial expansion of a road in Peru's Manu Biosphere Reserve. While many local residents have called for the road's completion for years, it is likely to lead to increased deforestation, illegal gold mining, and drug trafficking, among other illicit activities. This is a highly nuanced issue, and the film does an exceptional job of giving space to voices on both sides of the debate.
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Latest from Finca Las Piedras
Slingshot spiders in the journal Current Biology
Using ultra-slow-motion, close-up cameras, researchers from Georgia Tech have just published an article showing, once and for all, just how fast slingshot spiders of Finca Las Piedras release their conical webs to trap prey. Turns out it is very fast indeed—about 10 times as fast as a cheetah's sprint! Congratulations Dr. Saad Bhamla and Dr. Symone Alexander on a fascinating study!
Our newest butterfly publication is online
Two of our recent Lepidoptera Research Assistants, Quin Baine and Gabriela Polo, led the research, which describes the life stages and food plant of a butterfly species found at Finca Las Piedras. This is a novel host record for this species, and the first time anyone has described the caterpillars. Read the study.
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