Amazon Watch

Protecting the Amazon and our climate in solidarity with Indigenous peoples

Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Brazil. We work in solidarity with Indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability, and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems.

The Amazon is home to 400 distinct Indigenous peoples who are its best stewards. The Amazon River Basin is the planet’s largest tropical rainforest. A stabilizer of the global climate, it contains one-third of all species on Earth and a large percentage of the world’s flowing fresh water. The forest and its peoples are facing grave threats due to deforestation, resource extraction, land grabs, and destructive development projects. At Amazon Watch, we are launching bold, strategic, and timely actions to advance and amplify the solutions of Indigenous peoples.

According to the Science Panel for the Amazon, the Amazon rainforest is at a “tipping point” – the point at which the degradation of the ecosystem is irreversible. Deforestation across the Amazon is 17%, and it is approaching 20% in Brazil. The tipping point will be reached at 20-25% deforestation, not 40% as previously predicted. To avert the tipping point, Amazon Watch is working towards the permanent protection of 80% of the Amazon via solidarity campaigns for the demarcation of ancestral territories.