Center for Amazon Community Ecology

Our Mission: Background Philosophy The Amazon rainforest has the largest concentration of animal and plant life in the world. It is also home to hundreds of indigenous groups and tens of thousands of other people who make their living in the forest. The biggest challenge and opportunity for the Amazon is to transform the vision of development that impacts its water, land, plants, animals and people. The current model promotes the production of mass commodities. The new model needs to focus on sustaining diverse human and other biological communities. One important path to creating a sustainable future for the Amazon is to strengthen its traditional communities. People who have strong c...

Bora man harvesting fragrant resin from copal tree

Bora man harvesting fragrant resin from copal tree
CACE is working with the Bora community of Brillo Nuevo to sustainably harvest copal resin and distill it into fragrant essential oil. Photo by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology (view small | med | large | orig)

Bora girl mashing mishquipanga fruits to dye fiber

Bora girl mashing mishquipanga fruits to dye fiber
A Bora native girl from Brillo Nuevo mashes the fruits of mishquipanga plants so her artisan mother can dye chambira palm fiber a deep red. Photo by C. Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecol (view small | med | large | orig)

Bora artisan using pruning saw to harvest chambira

Bora artisan using pruning saw to harvest chambira
CACE is providing Bora artisan partners with pruning saws to harvest chambira palm spears for making crafts to protect the plant from errant strikes with a machete. Photo by Yully Rojas/CACE (view small | med | large | orig)

Huitoto woman artisan & hanging Amazon dolls

Huitoto woman artisan & hanging Amazon dolls
Huitoto native woman artisan from Puca Urquillo with traditional native doll tree ornament made from calabash pod and llanchama inner bark for CACE handicraft project. Photo by C. Plowden/CACE (view small | med | large | orig)

Bora artisan and musician with Amazon guitar strap

Bora artisan and musician with Amazon guitar strap
Bora native artisan from Brillo Nuevo and musician Dave Wakeling with anaconda model of the Amazon guitar strap. Photos by Campbell Plowden/Center for Amazon Community Ecology (view small | med | large | orig)
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