Eye on the Amazon
  • Samba Parade Spotlights Threats To Rivers, Forests and Indigenous Rights at Rio's Carnival

    Samba Parade Spotlights Threats To Rivers, Forests and Indigenous Rights at Rio's Carnival

    Parade's message angered agri-business lobby, but provided an important opportunity for participants to highlight the importance of indigenous rights and environmental protection

    February 28, 2017 – In a colorful and highly energized samba parade at Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Carnival on Monday morning, Imperatriz Leopoldinense, one of Brazil's most traditional and respected samba schools, paid a special tribute to indigenous peoples of the Amazon's Xingu River, highlighting threats to their territories, livelihoods and rights.

  • Native Nations Rise from Standing Rock to the Amazon

    Native Nations Rise from Standing Rock to the Amazon

    February 27, 2017 – At Amazon Watch, we felt a profound sadness last Wednesday when the protests camps at Standing Rock were fully evacuated and destroyed. But the Standing Rock struggle, and the movement of indigenous peoples across the continent to defend their land and the environment, is nowhere near over.

  • China's Amazon Footprint Gets Scant Attention in Ecuador's Election

    China's Amazon Footprint Gets Scant Attention in Ecuador's Election

    February 23, 2017 – The impacts of new drilling in the Amazon rainforest have been dire both for its world-renowned biodiversity and its indigenous peoples, many of whom have long rejected controversial drilling plans on their lands.

  • Saramurillo: Justice This Time for the Indigenous Peoples of the Peruvian Amazon?

    Saramurillo: Justice This Time for the Indigenous Peoples of the Peruvian Amazon?

    February 21, 2017 – In the face of too many previous agreements left unfulfilled, more unity is the best strategy forward, affirm the indigenous federations united in Saramurillo.

  • Berito's Vision

    Berito's Vision

    How the Goldman Prize Bolstered the U'wa Struggle for Territorial Rights

    February 17, 2017 – If UNESCO designated people as World Heritage sites, Berito Kuwaru'wa would be a leading candidate. On one hand, he personifies the beautiful and poetic U'wa view of the world, deeply connected to the original laws of nature. On the other, he is a unique and visionary human being, with an innate charisma through which he has bridged cultures and inspired global support for the U'wa struggle.

  • Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

    Indigenous Rights and Territories Under Attack in Brazil

    February 14, 2017 – Make no mistake about it, indigenous rights and territories are under attack in Brazil. We recently reported on attempts by the administration of President Michel Temer to roll back indigenous rights and environmental protections, moves that fundamentally undermine land demarcation norms while portending dire consequences for the Amazon and its people.

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