The Foundation is deeply saddened by the recent sudden passing of Jaime Levy, world renowned conservationist and indigenous rights advocate. Jaime was director and co-founder of Altropico, a long-time partner of the Overbrook Foundation. Since the 1980's, Jaime worked directly with highly isolated indigenous groups in Ecuador to gain legal recognition of their territories, advocate for their human rights, and provide tools and training for the sustainable use of their native rainforests. More recently, Jaime served on the International Board of Directors of the Forest Stewardship Council and the IUCN Specialist Group on Mountain Connectivity, Protected Areas, and Mountainous Transboundary Landscapes.
Jaime was an honorary member of the Indigenous Community Conservation Area consortium and was essential to the establishment of the Permanent Indigenous Peoples' Committee. He was an irreplaceable advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples.
The Foundation offers its deepest condolences to Jaime's family and friends.