Facing pressure from agricultural interests, Brazil has stopped formally demarcating land for indigenous communities in a threat to rainforest conservation efforts.
Ecuador's Yasuní National Park may be the world's richest rainforest. What will become of it now that oil extraction has begun?January 10, 2017bioGraphic
Just this past spring, in a move that shocked the international conservation community, Ecuador began trucking the first barrels of crude out of Yasuní. Is this the beginning of the end for one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems?
Brazil's soy farmers, international commodity traders, and Brasilia want to turn the Tapajós Basin into an industrialized commodities export corridor, building dozens of dams, roads and a railwayJanuary 3, 2017Mongabay
Carlos Fávaro's dream of turning the Tapajós River into "Brazil's Mississippi" is now within the grasp of Brazil's agribusinessmen – with only indigenous people, traditional riverine communities, environmentalists and the ever-increasing concern of climate scientists about the damage that will be done to the forest, and thus indirectly to the global climate, standing in their way.
The United Nations criticized the government of Ecuador on Friday for ordering the closure of a land rights advocacy group that supports an indigenous community protesting mining plans in land they claim as their ancestral home.
Ecuador's Shuar say mining project in Cordillera del Condor threatens their livelihood and encroaches upon their landDecember 29, 2016Al Jazeera
With a 30-day state of exception imposed across the entire Amazonian province of Morona Santiago, the government has reportedly mobilised up to 1,000 military and police personnel to protect the mining camp and hunt down what top officials have called an "illegally armed group" that they say does not represent the Shuar nation.
Brazil’s powerful agribusiness lobby is pushing a raft of new laws to set back environmental and indigenous protections by 30 yearsDecember 21, 2016Mongabay
Brazil's conservative National Congress has rushed to pass a wave of legislative initiatives, which taken all together, would dismantle much of the nation's body of law protecting the environment and indigenous people – an effort likely to escalate in 2017.
Considered the most biodiverse place in the world, the Yasuní is in danger of being ruined through the exploitation of its natural resources. And time is running out to save it.Winter 2016Audubon
"If we can't manage to protect places that are this important,"" says Kevin Koenig, Ecuador program director for Amazon Watch, "then it seems unlikely that we'll be able to protect the rest of the planet. Depending on what happens here, we could be at the beginning of what could turn out to be a very tragic story."
An indigenous federation opposed to a recently approved plan for oil drilling in the Peruvian Amazon said on Friday that native communities will physically block any attempt by oil companies to operate on their lands.
The builders of Brazil’s mega-dam on the Xingu River are accused with ethnocide – the ruin of native cultures, lifestyles and livelihoods. Displaced families are vigorously seeking justice.December 8, 2016Mongabay
Hydropower is often touted as a climate-friendly source of energy, and Brazil has the potential to be one of the world’s greatest producers. Yet the human consequences of damming rivers have proven devastating. A prime example is seen in the charge of ethnocide lodged against the parties responsible for building the Belo Monte Dam.
Leading researchers call Brazil's plan for 40+ dams in Tapajós River Basin “devastating” – a threat to Amazon ecosystems, people and global climateNovember 28, 2016Mongabay
Brazil is forging ahead with plans to build a vast hydropower dam complex in the heart of the Amazon that would convert the now remote and wild Tapajós river system into a tamed industrial waterway for the purpose of transporting soybeans – development that scientists and NGOs say will threaten Amazonian biodiversity, ecosystems, traditional livelihoods, indigenous cultures, and the global climate.