Home to 33 million people, including 1.6 million indigenous people who still live in voluntary isolation, the world’s greatest diversity of species and one-fifth of the world’s forests, the Amazon has a social, economic and ecological significance that cannot be overstated. Increasing economic development and unsustainable extraction in the Amazon is leading to the over-exploitation, contamination and degradation of the Amazon’s resources. To combat these challenges and protect the Amazon region, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the AECOM-implemented Amazon Best Social and Environmental Practices Activity.
The Activity’s goal is to reduce the negative impact of large-scale infrastructure projects, extractive activities and climate stress on Amazon forest and water resources by promoting the development and adoption of environmental and social best management practices. The Activity will partner with private sector champions working on infrastructure (roads, hydropower) and extractive activities (mining and oil), government institutions, business associations, civil society organizations and other key stakeholders to support industry adoption of best social and environmental practices and strengthen stakeholder capacity on environmental governance and compliance.