New Partnership Announced with Andes Amazon Fund and the Moore Foundation

The Wyss Foundation is excited to announce a new $10 million investment in collaboration with the Moore Foundation and the Andes Amazon Fund to help protect the Amazon headwaters region (Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador).

This effort will help protect a vital region of the world that is home to the world’s greatest concentration of biodiversity and abundant endemic species, especially along the eastern flank of the tropical Andes. The montane (high altitude) cloud forests and other ecosystems in the region boast one-third of the planet’s species of flora and fauna, with new species still discovered regularly, adding to the more than 2.5 million species of insects, tens of thousands of plant species, nearly 3,000 fish species, and well over 2,000 species of birds and mammals already identified.  The Amazon River headwaters generate nearly a quarter of the world’s freshwater while the forests help regulate the Earth’s climate.

For more information please go to the Andes Amazon Fund site at:

Since its establishment in 1998, the Wyss Foundation has helped local communities, land trusts and non-profit partners permanently protect more than 20 million acres of land in the American West and more than 5 million acres internationally. These lands are now conserved in perpetuity for current and future generations to explore and enjoy.

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