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Amazonia Forever

A holistic umbrella program for the region's sustainable development that aims to collaborate on forest conservation and climate action, offering economic alternatives to improve people's quality of life.

Embarcación navegando por un río en medio de zona selvática. Desarrollo sostenible - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID

Building on the progress made by the Amazon Initiative, and given the growing scientific consensus that the Amazon is reaching an ecological tipping point, we must further increase the impact of our actions in the Amazon.

Panorámica de la ciudad de Manaos y el río Negro en Brasil. Desarrollo económico - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID

Amazonia Forever aims to upscale financing; strengthen the planning and execution of projects to generate impact; share knowledge and evidence-based innovations and leverage expertise to support policy development; and enhance regional collaboration and coordination. As an umbrella program, it invites all relevant stakeholders to join efforts.

Combating deforestation

Strengthening environmental control and security, in the context of national governments (work with Ministries of the Environment, environmental licensing agencies, and research and monitoring institutes) to combat deforestation.

Persona sosteniendo un racimo de corozos sobre una embarcación en el río. Educación - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID

Provide adequate access to quality education, health care and employment; as well as promoting innovative solutions adapted to the local conditions of the population of the Amazon region.

Un hombre y una mujer recolectando cacao. Agricultura y Medioambiente - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID
Bioeconomy and Creative Economy

Promoting alternative and sustainable economic activities and transforming the use of forest resources to generate value-added products and services to foster a just economic transformation.

Gran variedad de frutos en exhibición. Economía sostenible - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID
Sustainable Infraestructure & Cities and Connectivity

Promoting resilient infrastructure and connectivity, and sustainable urbanization of the Amazon region. This includes adequate management and planning of urban growth, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, economic development, and social inclusion and equity.

Panorámica de la ciudad de Iquitos en Perú. Desarrollo e infraestructura - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID
Sustainable Low Carbon, Agriculture, Livestock, and Forestry

Boosting and conserving sustainable and low carbon agricultural production systems as well as the transition to sustainable models of livestock management and forest protection.

In addition, Amazonia Forever will focus on promoting the inclusion of:

Mujer indígena de pie en zona rural. Equidad de género y diversidad - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID Women, Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendants & Local Communities​
Panorámica de un bosque nuboso. Desarrollo rural - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo - BID Climate, biodiversity and forest conservation
Palacio de justicia de Manaos en Brasil. Modernización del Estado - Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo BID Institutional Capacities & Rule of Law
Coins with plants growing from them. Finance - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB
  • Use the Bank's balance sheet more efficiently, allowing it to provide additional lending capacity specifically tailored to the Amazon.
  • Promote new instruments (such as debt-for-nature swaps) that help countries meet their climate commitments; and foster a regional framework that favors the issuance of Amazonian bonds.
  • Increase blended financing, co-financing, technical assistance and grant resources.
Hands on a table doing puzzle. Innovation - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB
  • Create a Regional Platform of Amazon Partners, to map existing resources -from donors, private investors and resources from Amazonian countries-, to support national authorities on: the identification of financial resources and coordinate efforts, development of investment plans, and providing information for better decision-making.
  • Develop a Project Preparation Facility, in coordination with the Ministers of Finance and Planning, to prepare investment plans for the Amazonian territories, and a solid project portfolio.
People in front of a planning board. Regional Cooperation - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB
  • Share knowledge and evidence-based innovations.
  • Leverage experience to support policy development.
  • Network of Ministers of Finance and Planning and a technical working group established by the Governors of the IDB, and supported by the Bank, to monitor the progress of Amazonia Forever.
  • Forum of Amazon Cities to promote sustainable urban development in coordination with the mayors of the Amazon countries.
  • Green Coalition of National Development Banks of the Amazon region to mobilize resources for the region.
  • Network of Research Institutes of the Amazon. Support territorially based research institutes to take advantage of experience, share knowledge and promote coordination.
  • Support OTCA to expand and facilitate information exchanges between institutions and intergovernmental authorities linked to the study of the Amazon. The objective is to become a reference center for regional scientific-technological information and the sociocultural diversity of the Amazon. 
IDB Projects Amazon Initiative Funds and Donors Maps
Amazon Cities Forum Launched with IDB Support
BELÉM, Brazil – Mayors from Amazonian cities today launched the Amazon Cities Forum, devoted to building a new vision of sustainable development for the Amazon region. The forum will serve as a permanent platform for Amazon mayors to collaborate, exchange best practices and experiences, and jointly...
August 04, 2023
IDB to Reinforce Strategic Support for Amazon Region
PANAMA CITY – The President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Ilan Goldfajn, met today with representatives from Amazon and donor countries to discuss the urgent call for coordinated action to protect the ecosystems of the Amazon Basin. The meeting took place during the Annual Meeting...
March 17, 2023
COP27: Brazil Promotes Sustainable Production Chains in Amazon with IDB Support
At 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, Brazil inaugurated the second phase of the Sustainable Rural Project – Amazon (PRS Amazon) to promote low-carbon agriculture in the biome.
November 18, 2022
New Amazonians
By Roger HamiltonNew ideas sometimes come from unlikely places. The airplane was developed in a garage in a small city in Ohio. The science of genetics was born at a monastery in Moravia.Today, in a remote corner of the Amazon, a group of pragmatic visionaries believe they are answering a question...
January 01, 2006
Ecotourism for the Amazon
Many attempts have been made to open up Brazil’s vast Amazon region to rubber production, mineral and timber extraction, and ranching. To one degree or other, these efforts have succeeded, but often at a great cost to the environment.Now once again there are plans afoot to open up the Amazon: this...
January 01, 2000
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The Amazonia360 project seeks to foster collective intelligence in geospatial information. By providing a centralized repository of geospatial data, it helps partners and clients improve their intelligence capabilities and make informed decisions for the development and conservation efforts in the Amazon region.

Inter-American-Development-Bank-Amazonia-blogs Keeping Amazonia Forever: A vibrant bioeconomy is one of our best defenses against a critical tipping point

Global concerns are mounting over deforestation and degradation that threaten to push the Amazon rainforest past a “tipping point” and turn it into a savannah. Scientists worry that die-back may already be underway in parts of the Legal Amazon in Brazil. Aware of these threats, presidents from eight Amazon countries were gathered in Belem on August 8 and 9 for a summit to commit to redoubled efforts to end deforestation, protect biodiversity and accelerate “green” development.

A person in a boat on the water. Sustainable Development - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB The Integration of the Amazon Region: 14,000 km of Opportunities

The Amazon Summit highlighted the powerful tool that is regional integration in the preservation of the Amazon region. The focus on union and collaboration between national and local governments, indigenous communities, and multilateral organizations like the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), demonstrates a recognition of interdependence and the need for joint policies.

Two persons holding fruit in a basket. Economic Development - Inter-American Development Bank - IDB Bioeconomía indígena: Forjando un futuro sostenible en la Amazonía (This blog is available in spanish)

La Amazonía, la selva tropical más grande del planeta está amenazada por el avance de la frontera geográfica de la economía. Esta amenaza no implica únicamente una continua desaparición de su mega biodiversidad, sino también un impacto negativo a más de sus 50 millones de habitantes de nueve países —y que incluye a más de 511 pueblos indígenas— que dependen de los recursos naturales para su subsistencia y bienestar.

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