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March 2016
Registration Deadline Coming Up for the "Economy and Forest" Contest!
All over Latin America, local and indigenous communities and small producers are leading initiatives to conserve forests and improve livelihoods. To identify and support these organizations, Canopy Bridge and Forest Trends are launching a competition of innovative experiences, "Economy and Forest." The winner will receive up to $5000 for technical support and training or to cover the expenses to participate in the international trade fair of their choosing. Applications are open through April 29th. You can find detailed information and the link to register here .

Opportunities & Announcements

  Buyers have contacted us looking for moringa oil, uvilla, chia, and Amazon nut products. Contact us if interested
  Agroecological farmer looking to sell farm in Ecuador to environmentally responsible buyer. Contact us if interested
  Imaflora has launched new Seal of Origin in Brazil. More information here
  The Sustainability Xchange is now in Spanish, and with information on over 300 standards! More information here
  We're expanding our Amazon Indigenous Atlas for better coverage of the numerous experiences in Brazil. If you know of an indigenous enterprise in the Brazilian Amazon focused on foods, cosmetics, non-timber forest products or any of the myriad farm and forest products of the region make sure to let us know and put them on the map.

New at Canopy Bridge

Webinar: From Raw Materials to Finished Products–Is it worth it for small producers?
Canopy Bridge and Forest Trends are holding the second webinar in the series "Economy and Forest" on April 21 at 10:00 (GMT-5). Producers from all over Latin and Central America can register to join the conversation with panelists from the Andean Forests Program, Kallari Chocolates, and University of Sao Paulo who will discuss the circumstances under which it is beneficial or risky for small producers to add value to their raw materials. You can register for the spanish-language webinar here, and find more information here or by writing karina@canopybridge.com with your questions. 
The "Rainforest to Table" website is now live!
Together with Forest Trends and amáZ, Canopy Bridge has been working on an exciting new project promoting the sustainable use of indigenous ingredients from the Amazon to support and conserve its communities and ecosystems. Some of Latin America's top chefs have taken the call to heart, and are doing incredible things with these one-of-a-kind ingredients. Check out the new Rainforest to Table website for more information, and take a look at our blogs: "A Food Movement from, and for, the Amazon" and "Eating the Amazon."
2016 Earth Hour: Sustainably serving the Amazon to conserve forests & mitigate climate change For the 2016 Earth Hour, WWF Ecuador promoted food systems and climate change, and Canopy Bridge collaborated in their message by adding our own flavor to the night: sustainable gastronomy from the Amazon. Through our initiative “Rainforest to Table,” we were able to include Slow Food Ecuador and a network of Ecuadorian chefs in the event. Twenty-two restaurants collaborated with us, preparing candlelit dinners with sustainable Amazon hot peppers, and the chefs have now formed a network interested in experimenting with incredible Amazonian products. Read more about sustainable sourcing from the Amazon in our blog below.
What people are saying about Canopy Bridge

"Building a Direct Trade relationship with cacao growers requires significant investment of time and energy. Canopy Bridge ensured that our investment in sourcing Peruvian cacao had a good return, and we left Peru well-positioned to begin sourcing from the country."

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Taza Chocolate

Featured Members

AMPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the natural and cultural heritage of the peoples of the Andean Amazon. 
Kallari  works with 850 Kichwa families in Napo, Ecuador, producing delicious chocolates and protecting their ecosystems with over 68 certified organic species. 
The Beekeepers Association of the High Huayabamba Concession for Conservation produces 100% natural honey, wild harvested from conservation areas in San Martín, Peru.

From our blog

Heating Up the Kitchens in Ecuador
What do black outs in 17 historic churches of downtown Quito, Amazonian hot peppers, and conservation have in common? The 2016 Earth Hour in Ecuador, where Amazon products were showcased during the World Wildlife Fund’s iconic event for climate change. 
In the Native Land of Cacao, Vanilla and Amazon Cinnamon
Join Canopy Bridge founders Marta and Jacob as they travel Ecuador in search of the indigenous Amazon ingredients and initiatives that present hopeful opportunities for the conservation of the largest rainforest on Earth.  
Bees–uniting economic development and conservation
In our last blog on bees, we explored the important role that they play in ecosystems, farms and conservation. This second installment takes a deeper look at how honey producers around the world are putting into practice the links between economic development and forest conservation. 

What we're reading

Fine dining for a better world?
The New Yorker
On Food and Conservation
New Worlder
Behind the Label
The Guardian
 
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Climate Policy Observer
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