Aerial view of the Amazon Rainforest, near Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, Brazil. The Amazon is home to more species of plants and animals than any other terrestrial ecosystem. However, deforestation threatens the very survival of the Amazon ecosystems. Promising eco-enterprises are emerging to connect remote areas of the Amazon to sustainable markets. Ecopreneurship models that preserve the forest and restore landscapes represent innovative solutions to slow down and reverse deforestation. As part of these efforts, Uplink and 1t.org are launching the Trillion Trees: Amazon Bioeconomy Challenge with an alliance of the major actors to strengthen the ecopreneurship ecosystem. The Amazon basin has become a main feature of daily news, with increasing deforestation, wildfires, business and political agendas confronting the efforts to conserve the rainforest. The basin is home to the largest rainforest on Earth, accounting for 54% of the world’s primary forest cover. Roughly the size of the US, the basin includes parts of eight South American countries and is home to more species of plants and animals than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet including 40,000 plant species and 16,000 tree species . Deforestation of the Amazon basin has taken on dire […]

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