About Amazon Aid

The Amazon Aid Foundation (AAF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization harnessing the power of multimedia and film to educate about the importance of the Amazon and the implications of its destruction while promoting working solutions to protect it. AAF’s award-winning projects affect global policy change and activate audiences worldwide to engage in sustainable approaches to protect the Amazon and demand responsibly sourced products.‎ Our multimedia, accompanying educational curriculum, and social impact campaigns empower alliances of students, scientists, artists, NGOs, governments, and global citizens, and support stakeholders in the Amazon to further legislation and sustainable methods to protect and revitalize the rainforests. AAF supports and promotes advocacy efforts related to human and indigenous rights, clean water, the protection of species and habitat, and the regulation of illicit and unregulated gold mining and mercury usage.

Where We Work

Amazon Aid thinks big, and understands the need to protect the Amazon as a system. On an average day the Amazon releases 20 billion tons of moisture into the atmosphere seeding the clouds with the critical rains that help sustain every country in South America, except Chile. It is estimated that the Amazon needs 20% of the trees standing across the Amazon to continue this important hydrological cycle.

Therefore, our work is focused on protecting the entire Amazon rainforest, an area that covers 7.8-8.2 million square km (3-3.2 million square mi), of which just over 80 percent is forested. The Amazon covers approximately 40% of the South American continent, is shared by eight countries (Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname), as well as the overseas territory of French Guiana. The Amazon/ is roughly the size of the forty-eight contiguous United States and covers some 40 percent of the South American continent.

Amazon Rainforest map