Amazonica (proper spelling AMAZONICA ) is an initiative established in 2002 to preserve the Amazon rainforest and the support of its population of indigenous peoples. The most important activity is a jungle Academy in Ecuador that attempts to provide an understanding of the tropical rain forest and to share and deepen insights from model projects with forest Indians of the Amazon region of Ecuador in the field of community development.

Funding, support

Funding is provided by the founded in Munich in April 2007 Foundation amazonica. Necessary funds should apply inter alia, through proceeds from the endowment, endowments, public fundraising, donations and sponsoring the Foundation. Among the supporters of amazonica belong to Ecuador, the State University of Cuenca, in Germany the Munich University with several faculties, the Straubing Center of Science, the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan and the Technical University of Munich. Funding is also provided by the German Climate Alliance and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Founder and chairman of the Foundation amazonica is the publisher Masha Caucasus, which has been involved for 25 years as an aid worker, environmental expert and counselor of the Indians in the Amazon region.


Pilot project

As part of a 2002 pilot project carried out by 2007 some 12,000 forest Indians have collected in the Amazon region of Ecuador experiences with community development, accompanied by model communities in the territories of indigenous peoples. In the center of education and training were ( among other literacy, care of the native culture, organic farming and production, development of an internal market in the forest), the establishment of a medical infrastructure, the introduction of renewable energy for decentralized power supply in the jungle as well as the protection of primary forest by creating of nature reserves and reforestation. The pilot project was completed in 2007 and the findings documented.

Amazonica Academy

Currently, the amazonica Academy is built in the Ecuadorian jungle. You should create more understanding for a responsible use of the rainforest in the industrialized nations through cooperation between Indians and the German and international business and science. The offer consists of an academic operating with the disciplines climate and ' water balance of the earth.' These include the use of renewable energy for decentralized energy supply, climatology, hydrology, geo-information, the production and use of site-specific renewable raw materials, studies of species diversity ( biodiversity) and soil biology. The Academy will be open to local and international students, faculty and researchers. The study is designed as a post-graduate program with an internationally recognized qualification. In addition, international research projects to be carried out. Then there is the dissemination of experience from the pilot projects for community development for forest Indians. Director of the Academy is the educator Uyunkar Domingo Peas be leader of the tribe of the Achuar in Ecuador. It is planned to take up the teaching in the winter of 2009 /2010. The cost of building the Academy will amount to around 1.3 million euros.