Project Amazonas

A non-political, non-sectarian NGO working since 1994 to serve the people of the Amazon and conserve the rainforest.

During the rainy season the Amazon River overflows its banks and can extend into the forest for a width of 25 miles in some places. Where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean, the Amazon is over 200 miles wide!

The Amazon covers 2.5 million miles, about the size of the USA west of the Mississippi.

Each minute the Amazon River discharges 3.4 million gallons of water into the Atlantic, 14 times the discharge of the Mississippi.

Over one fifth of the world's fresh water is contained in the Amazon basin's rivers, streams, and tributaries.

More than 2,000 tropical forest plants have been identified as having anti-cancer properties. Most of these have yet to be clinically tested, however.

Before European contact in 1542, it is estimated that as many as 10 million people lived in the Amazon. Today there are less than 200,000 indigenous people. Almost one hundred distinct tribes have disappeared since the early 1900’s due to introduced diseases, persecution, and assimiliation.

Rainforests act as a planetary thermostat by regulating and moderating temperatures and weather patterns. By absorbing carbon and sequestering CO2, rainforest help slow global climate change.

Although rainforests cover less than 2% of the Earth's surface area, they are home to 50% of the Earth's plant and animal species.

A typical four square mile patch of rainforest may contain as many as 1,500 flowering plant species, 750 species of trees, 400 species of birds and 150 species of butterflies.

Every day, an area of rainforest equivalent to 86,400 football fields is chopped down worldwide. The Peruvian rainforest has largely escaped this wide-scale destruction. Help us to keep it that way!

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NYC fundraising gala to support Project Amazonas and Peru disaster relief

20 May 2017 - New York City fundraiser to support Project Amazonas and Peru disaster relief. 

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High-tech, low-cost innovations for Amazon schools

March 2017 - Educator Dana Rensi is spearheading an effort to provide rural Amazon schools with low-cost, high-tech educational resources. Read more about the innovative endeavor at www.dailytidings.com/news/20070403/seeding-silicon-jungle (if link doesn't open, typing "seeding-silicon-jungle" into your browser should take you to the full article)

 

Project Amazonas is looking foward to collaborating with Ms. Rensi, and with Stanford bioengineer Manu Prakesh whose lab has designed extremely low-cost, and low-tech but highly effective medical centrifuges and microscopes that Ms. Rensi will be field testing in the Peruvian Amazon.

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