CINCIA represents the Sabin Center’s most ambitious and influential project — a multifaceted research and education initiative in one of the most biodiverse places on earth, Madre de Dios in the Peruvian Amazon.

At the Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA), Latin American scientists who are recognized experts in forestry, mercury toxicity, fish and water quality, biochar fertilization, drones and education combine to develop a deep scientific understanding of the environmental devastation brought on my widespread gold mining. Education outreach in Peruvian schools helps raise awareness of the importance of the Amazon to local communities and the world. Funders include the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Wildlife Fund and a host of Peruvian government and non-governmental agencies.

CINCIA scientists work to build trust with government leaders, conservation specialists, miners and farmers to use the land more efficiently and with less environmental damage. The expertise of its scientists is being developed into strategies and public policy to help restore an invaluable tropical ecosystem and to mitigate public health risks. The work of CINCIA serves as a model for large-scale reforestation and restoration, improved biodiversity conservation, and more sustainable small-scale mining and farming techniques in Peru and in all of Amazonia.