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Brazil's remote Amazon heartlands are currently threatened by intensive industrial development plans that include the creation of massive hydroelectric dams, natural gas and petroleum extraction projects, and industrial waterways to transport natural resources. More

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The World’s Forests Will Collapse If We Don’t Learn To Say "No"

The World’s Forests Will Collapse If We Don’t Learn To Say "No"

February 4, 2016The Conversation

An alarming new study has shown that the world's forests are not only disappearing rapidly, but that areas of "core forest" – remote interior areas critical for disturbance-sensitive wildlife and ecological processes – are vanishing even faster.

Recognizing the Rights of Nature and the Living Forest

Recognizing the Rights of Nature and the Living Forest

February 4, 2016EcoWatch

Civil society, non-governmental and community organizations representing hundreds of thousands of people from diverse social movements and international networks gathered during the Paris climate negotiations for major actions on the streets, hundreds of events, assemblies, concerts and educational workshops focused on just, community driven climate solutions.

Deforestation Is Decreasing – Or Is It?

Deforestation Is Decreasing – Or Is It?

February 1, 2016GreenBiz

Experts say that recognizing the rights of local people and indigenous groups to their traditional forests could be one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective ways to protect standing forests from razing. Many indigenous groups still lack legal tenure to their traditional lands in tropical countries, but where they have secured their rights research often shows that forests are well protected.

Brazil Court Revokes Injunction Blocking Belo Monte Dam Operation

Brazil Court Revokes Injunction Blocking Belo Monte Dam Operation

January 27, 2016Reuters

The ministry said a decision from the federal court in Brasilia lifted the earlier order blocking the beginning of power generation at Belo Monte, which had been planned for the coming weeks.

Belo Monte: Burning Legal Timber Stokes the Fires of Brazil's Illegal Lumber Market

Belo Monte: Burning Legal Timber Stokes the Fires of Brazil's Illegal Lumber Market

January 27, 2016Reporter Brasil

The burning of trees and animal deaths is only the first stage of a vicious cycle that marks the relationship between Belo Monte and the surrounding forest. Authorized to devastate thousands of hectares, the plant should use the timber for its own purpose or donate it for external use. The entry of large volumes of timber into the local market would help reduce the pressure on the forest. This was the plan, and one of the conditions, for the project's approval. In practice, things turned out very differently.

Honoring the Legacy of Terry Turner

Honoring the Legacy of Terry Turner

January 20, 2016

Terry's incisive ethnographic work with the Kayapo people, and his longstanding advocacy on behalf of their culture, forests, and rivers, earned him unique respect and admiration from Kayapo leadership, who called him 'Wakampu'.

Brazil Court Suspends Amazon Hydrodam Licence on Native Demands

Brazil Court Suspends Amazon Hydrodam Licence on Native Demands

January 15, 2016Reuters

A Brazilian court has suspended the operating licence for the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, one of the world's largest, just weeks before its owner, Norte Energia, planned to start electricity generation.

Belo Monte Dam Operations Delayed by Brazil Court Ruling on Indigenous People

Belo Monte Dam Operations Delayed by Brazil Court Ruling on Indigenous People

World’s fourth largest hydropower plant’s license was suspended weeks before testing turbines because operators failed to compensate local communities

January 15, 2016The Guardian

"This case sets an important precedent for the defence of indigenous rights in the Amazon at a time when the government is set to repeat the Belo Monte disaster by building dozens of dams on the Tapajós River."

In Brazil, 2016 Announces New Conflicts and Challenges for the Amazon

In Brazil, 2016 Announces New Conflicts and Challenges for the Amazon

January 7, 2016

2015 could only be defined as a bad year for Brazil. Economic meltdown, political crisis, social adversity, and environmental destruction defined the last twelve months. Yet rather than striking out in new directions as 2015 drew to a close, the Brazilian government was doubled down on its failing socio-economic model, ushering in a new wave of conflict and calamity in the Amazon.

IACHR Opens Case Against Brazil for Human Rights Violations Related to Belo Monte Dam

IACHR Opens Case Against Brazil for Human Rights Violations Related to Belo Monte Dam

Four years after civil society organizations filed their original petition, the Commission opens the case, asking the Brazilian government to respond to allegations of human rights violations stemming from the hydroelectric project under construction in the Brazilian Amazon.

January 7, 2016

Washington, DC – As the first reservoirs of the Belo Monte Dam are being filled, the Brazilian government is coming under fire from international organizations. On December 21, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights opened a case against Brazil, which was challenged by affected communities represented by the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA), Justiça Global and the Sociedade Paraense de Defesa de Direitos Humanos (SDDH).

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