Among the Brazilian biomes, the Amazon occupies the largest extension of protected territories. Altogether, there are 314 Conservation Units (CUs) – federal, state and some municipal ones – accounting for more than 1 million km2 or 26% of the total Brazilian Amazon area. Among the many challenges posed to the CUs in Brazil, are the financial sustainability of the areas and the maintenance of CU system in the current political and economic context.

In order to contribute to CU management and implementation in the country, WWF-Brazil has supported some specific activities such as: establishment and consolidation of CUs through management plans; managing councils and mosaics; manager training; and, the Program on Amazonian Protected Areas (ARPA) –the largest rainforest conservation program on earth, developed in partnership with the Brazilian Ministry of Environment (MMA) and other organizations.

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