The Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative is a joint program of UF's Tropical Conservation and Development Program and School of Forest Resources and Conservation, created in 2005 with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
ACLI works in partnership with NGOs and in-country academic partners to train conservation leaders from the Amazon Basin, strengthen the NGOs and agencies where they work, and contribute to more effective on-the-ground conservation.
- ACLI's initial focus was on training individual leaders at UF, through graduate training and professional exchange visits to UF. Over 50 ACLI alumni, from Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Guyana, are now leaders at major NGOs, research institutes and governments throughout Latin America.
ACLI is currently working with two thematic networks that link UF faculty and students with Brazilian NGOs and universities for integrated research, education and conservation practice: