Davos, Switzerland, January 16, 2024 – The Amazon Sacred Headwaters Alliance is currently participating at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024, taking place on 15-19 January, convening foremost leaders under the theme “Rebuilding Trust.

During the session, The Schwab Foundation Social Innovation Awards recognized the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Alliance (ASHA) among 16 organizations joining a global community of 477 change leaders directly improving the lives of 891 million people. Social innovators are developing sustainable new models across businesses, social change and environmental initiatives. The awards celebrate social innovation spanning grassroots organizations, corporations, public sector institutions and collective initiatives.

“The Social Innovators of the Year 2024 represent a diverse group of entrepreneurs and innovators who are driving the change we need to create a more sustainable, inclusive future,” said Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. “The collective potential of this community offers a beacon of hope for acting with purpose and collaboration during uncertain times.”

“We are honored to be present at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, representing our alliance of 30 Indigenous nations of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon,” said Uyunkar Domingo Peas, President of the Board of Directors of ASHA. “This attests to the positive outcomes of working in coalition for the greater good, not only of our Indigenous nations in the Amazon but of all future generations of all life.”

About the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Alliance

ASHA is an Alliance of 30 Indigenous nations in Ecuador and Peru with a shared vision to permanently protect 86 million acres of bio-culturally diverse tropical rainforests (an area larger than Italy) in the headwaters of the mighty Amazon River, in the Napo, Pastaza, and Marañon River Basins.

Formed in 2017, our Alliance is seeking to protect our rainforest territories, united by the common understanding that we all belong to an interconnected web of rivers and forests, and that we are all kin. When we unite, we can better protect our lands and our rights.