Cusco, Peru and Washington, DC
ACCA, the Asociacion para la Conservacion de la Cuenca Amazonica, was founded in 1999. The mission of the Association for the Conservation of the Amazon Basin is to protect the most diverse landscapes of the planet, to train the next generation of conservationists, and to strengthen ways of life in harmony with nature and friendly to biodiversity. ACCA conserves the Amazon, promoting public, communal and private natural areas; working with the government; supporting local actors in the management of their natural resources; and developing solutions based on conservation and scientific research.
ACCA has reforested degraded lands with over 250,000 trees, most in community-based reforestation projects in the Manu National Park buffer zone. Based on our data on carbon stocks, we estimate our reforestation to date with native montane forest species will sequester approximately 174 metric tons of carbon dioxide per acre over 16 years.
ACCA is experienced in collaborating with highlands communities to build capacity for ecoagriculture and reforestation. Our reforestation model is linked with a holistic approach to strengthening community land management, including territorial planning and reclaiming ancestral agricultural practices. This both improves long-term durability of conservation outcomes and increases household incomes.
ACCA Spectacled Bear Project Coordinator
Ruthmery Pillco Huarcaya is a biologist from Cusco, Peru. She holds a master’s degree in Taxonomy, Conservation, and Biodiversity of Plants and Fungi from Queen Mary University of London and Kew Gardens. Ruthmery has more than eight years of experience working in the rainforests of Peru and Costa Rica, which has allowed her to participate in, develop, and lead a variety of conservation and biodiversity projects. She is a member of the IUCN group of tree specialists and has collaborated with The Global Tree Campaign initiative to assess the IUCN conservation status of endemic trees in the Osa Peninsula.
Marlene Mamani Solórzano is a biologist graduated from the Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cusco and holds a master’s degree in Forests and Forest Resource Management from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina. Between 2003 and 2009, she was a member of the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group (ABERG) and the Global Ecosystem Monitoring research teams. Her work focused on installing permanent one-hectare plots and monitoring the carbon cycle along an altitude gradient, from 1,000 to 3,500 meters above sea level. Since 2010, Marlene’s work as Field Coordinator of Conservación Amazónica (ACCA) has been to facilitate communication between high Andean communities and collaborating institutions to help preserve the Andean-Amazon ecosystems while providing a better quality of life for the communities inhabiting this area.