Advancing Conservation with Innovative Finance
The Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) initiative is an ambitious vision to safeguard millions of acres of Amazon rainforest. This vision holds tremendous significance for the environmental future of the entire planet.
ARPA was launched in 2002, and we made important progress to safeguard large swaths of the Amazon during our first decade of work. In 2014, we took steps to ensure the long-range financial stability of this bold endeavor by establishing ARPA for Life.
ARPA for Life is a model borrowed from the world of finance that ensures permanent funding of ARPA’s conservation work in 15% of the Brazilian Amazon—an area 1.5 times the size of California or roughly the size of France.
In these pages, we are pleased to report on the progress of both the ARPA for Life financial package, now four years after closing, and on the ARPA conservation program this financing makes possible, currently in its third major phase of work.