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ARPA For Life: Amazon Region Protected Area Phase III Report 2017

Innovative Finance Meets Conservation

The Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) initiative is an ambitious conservation vision to safeguard a vast swath of Amazon rainforest, with game-changing significance for the ecological future of the planet. Planning for the ARPA program began in 1998 and the initiative officially launched in 2002. While important progress took place during its first decade, ARPA’s long-range financial stability was in doubt. ARPA for Life is a big idea borrowed the finance sector to address this concern by permanently financing ARPA’s conservation work in 15 percent of the Brazilian Amazon—an area 1.5 times the size of California.

In these pages, we report on the progress of the ARPA for Life financial package and on the ARPA conservation program, now in its third major phase.