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The Concordia Amazonas Initiative: How to Save the Rainforest & New Economy for the Amazon


H.E. Iván Duque, Former President, Republic of Colombia; Leadership Council Member, Concordia

“The Concordia Amazons Initiative tries to bring everybody together, identify the solutions, and make them viable, scalable, replicable, and sustainable.” 

– H.E. Iván Duque

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Following the inaugural Concordia Amazonas Summit, which took place this July in Ecuador (read the report), President Duque announced that the 2024 Concordia Amazonas Summit will take place in Guyana. 
  • The heart of the Concordia Amazonas Initiative lies in its commitment to fostering collaboration among various stakeholders. It aims to bridge gaps between the public sector, private sector, NGOs, indigenous communities, and investors. This multi-sectoral approach is crucial for developing holistic and effective solutions. 
  • Recognizing that the Amazon rainforest is not just a regional concern but a global imperative, the Amazonas Initiative seeks to mobilize global collaboration. 
  • Protecting the Amazon’s biodiversity and preventing deforestation have far-reaching consequences for climate change and global sustainability. 
  • A core objective of the Concordia Amazonas Initiative is to identify solutions that are not only environmentally sound but also economically viable. The emphasis on market-driven, nature-based solutions reflects a belief that sustainable practices can be achieved when they align with economic incentives.
  • Learn more about the 2024 Concordia Amazonas Summit, taking place in Guyana, and email amazonas@concordia.net to register your interest or for engagement opportunities.