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Atossa Soltani

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Atossa Soltani is the Founder and Board President of Amazon Watch, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin. Currently, Atossa is working as the senior strategist for the Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative, a collaboration involving a dozen Amazonian indigenous nations of Ecuador and Peru together Amazon Watch and the Pachamama Alliance. The ambitious initiative seeks permanent protection status for a 60-million acre rainforest in the headwaters of the Amazon Basin in a region recognized as the most biodiverse on Earth. Atossa is also in the midst of producing a feature-length documentary film called The Flow, about the art of aligning with nature's genius. Atossa is a skilled campaign strategist, an organizer, a storyteller and a rainforest and climate expert. For the past 28 years, Atossa has been leading global campaigns that have resulted in groundbreaking victories for rainforest protection, indigenous rights, and corporate accountability. For her advocacy efforts on global climate policy, the New Zealand-based Sir Edmund Hillary Institute chose Soltani as the 2013 Hillary Laureate for Leadership in Climate Equity.