SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras

25 years on the frontlines of the Amazon



Selva-Vida Sin Fronteras was founded in 1979 by Mariana Almeida in Quito, Ecuador, with the mission to protect & conserve the Amazon Rainforest and the Ancestral Indigenous inhabitants. Mariana is internationally recognized as “one of Ecuador’s most prominent environmentalists, who for over thirty years, has very actively fought to safeguard the rights of nature and all forms of life that co-exist on our planet.”

SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras is an internationally recognized independent, ACTION oriented and non- profit NGO. Our organization officially partners with Vrienden van SELVA- Vida Sin Fronteras, The Netherlands, founded in 2010 by Mr. Lourens de Groot.

MARIANA ALMEIDA, Executive President signing agreements with the Governor/Shaman of the Siona Nationality and UNESCO


The natural beauty of the Amazon Rainforest is Magical. Significantly, the Amazon transcends esthetic beauty. Home to 30% of the world’s biodiversity, the Rainforest plays a crucial role in regulating the global climate. Science establishes, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the Amazon produces 40% of our oxygen, serves as an indispensable regulator of CO2 in the atmosphere, its natural climatic cooling effect offsets global warming and is the source of 20% of the planet’s daily fresh water supply.

Common sense would suggest that it is in our interest to diligently preserve this invaluable eco-system. Sadly, reality paints a different picture. During the first six months of 2020, extractive industries and agriculture are deforesting at the alarming rate of six football fields per minute, toxic wastes dumped into the watershed exceed six million gallons per day, oil spills are continuous and the survival of Indigenous communities can no longer be taken for granted.

SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras has not remained indifferent and takes direct action to protect the Amazon

Inherent in our institutional name, SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras or Rainforest-Life Without Frontiers, is the understanding that nature and the environment are globally inter-connected. Oceans and Rainforests depend on each other to be healthy and survive. Therefore, our activities are not limited to the Amazon as the concept Life Without Frontiers implies.

In 2006, SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras co-founded the International Environmental Mission, jointly with the Latin American Association for Human Rights, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and UNESCO. Coordinated cooperation and activities in-between the members of the Environmental Mission, expands our capacity to intervene in numerous other geographical areas and regions.

Within this context, SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras prioritizes the Galapagos Archipelago and Marine Reserve, which are critically endangered.


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