100&Change: 2020

Fundação Amazonas Sustentável

Amazon is Too Big to Fail: Sustainable Development in Action

Current pathways of business-as-usual scenarios for Amazon urgently call for transformative approaches to face two intractable challenges: zero net deforestation and zero poverty by 2030.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Current Work Location(s):
  • Amazonas, Brazil
  • Loreto, Peru
  • Ucayali, Peru
  • Departamento del Putumayo, Colombia
  • Departamento del Caquetá, Colombia
  • Amazonas, Brazil
Priority Population(s):
  • Low-income people
  • Extremely poor people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 11. Sustainable cities and communities
  • 12. Responsible consumption and production
  • 13. Climate action

Executive Summary:

The Amazon is being destroyed at alarming rates and is close to an ecological collapse before 2030. This has caused profound impacts for the future of people and planet. Recent political facts create further threats. The Amazon is “too big to fail”. FAS’ strategy is to make forests worth more standing than cut. Since 2008, deforestation has been reduced by 60% over 11 million hectares (size of Portugal) where we operate. We have done this through a people-centered approach: 581 communities’ income has increased by 281% and health and education have flourished. Our proposal is to support a network of Amazon institutions and people’s groups to take FAS’s integrated ‘social and environmental’ technology to scale. We will create an innovative finance mechanism and a multi-stakeholder learning and policy platform that will shape a sustainable Amazon economy (‘bioeconomy’) – with a new economic governance that will inspire change both regionally and

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Fundação Amazonas Sustentável

website: http://www.fas-amazonas.org
Organization Headquarters
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$10 to $49 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
100 to 299

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