The Amazon & the Andes: A Region Under Constant Threat. The Amazon basin, home to the world’s largest rainforest, is widely recognized as the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet. Less frequently mentioned is the area’s human diversity: the Amazon region, and the Andes highlands from which much of the river flows, is home to hundreds of indigenous ethnic groups, some still living in voluntary isolation from the outside world. When government and big business implement major development projects in South America, it isn’t just the ecosystem that is threatened; the lives and livelihoods of these indigenous communities also hang in the balance. Our work in the Amazon equips these communities with the legal tools and skills that they need to protect their livelihoods and ensure that their voices are heard in the halls of power.