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My First Decade at Amazon Watch

My First Decade at Amazon Watch

October 19, 2017

Over ten years, I have been privileged to play a role in most of the organization's major campaign initiatives. While the moments of exhilaration, frustration, learning, anger, and beauty could fill a book, I want to share ten snapshots of key experiences that represent what serving with Amazon Watch has meant to me.

Record Amazon Fires Stun Scientists; Sign of Sick, Degraded Forests

Record Amazon Fires Stun Scientists; Sign of Sick, Degraded Forests

October 11, 2017Mongabay

"The very agents of wanton destruction of the Amazon are now controlling the legislative and executive branches of the federal government and working day and night to increase deforestation and degradation via bills and acts that are being tolerated by the judiciary."

Brazil Revokes Decree Opening Amazon Reserve to Mining

Brazil Revokes Decree Opening Amazon Reserve to Mining

September 26, 2017BBC News

The Brazilian government has revoked a controversial decree that would have opened up a vast reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. One opposition senator said at the time that it was the "biggest attack on the Amazon in the last 50 years."

Brazil Backtracks on Plan to Open up Amazon Forest to Mining

Brazil Backtracks on Plan to Open up Amazon Forest to Mining

Campaigners welcome U-turn on Renca reserve but threat still exists as Brazil president has close ties to mining industry

September 26, 2017The Guardian

"The Brazilian government has finally realized it's not acceptable to make decisions that affect the Amazon and its people without a broad and transparent public debate," but the battle is far from over.

Study Says Amazonian Locals Are Key to Saving the "Lungs of the Planet"

September 12, 2017Reuters

"Our analysis shows that local stewardship of the forest can be very effective in curtailing forest degradation in the Peruvian Amazon," said the study's lead author, Judith Schleicher.

Reports of Massacre in Brazilian Amazon Highlight Danger of Government Animosity Toward Indigenous Peoples

September 12, 2017

"This latest report of a massacre in Javari Valley is yet another tragic sign of the deadly effects of the regressive policies promoted by President Michel Temer."

"Uncontacted" Amazon Tribe Members Are Reported Killed in Brazil

September 10, 2017The New York Times

"If the investigation confirms the reports, it will be yet another genocidal massacre resulting directly from the Brazilian government's failure to protect isolated tribes – something that is guaranteed in the Constitution."

Zero Tolerance of Deforestation Likely Only Way to Save Amazon Gateway

Zero Tolerance of Deforestation Likely Only Way to Save Amazon Gateway

September 7, 2017Mongabay

Despite its biological and economic importance, illegal logging in the Gurupi Biological Reserve and in the Awá, Caru, Alto Turiaçu and Araribóia indigenous territories is common, and indigenous groups say that government enforcement is dangerously lax.

Six Farmers Shot Dead over Land Rights Battle in Peru

Six Farmers Shot Dead over Land Rights Battle in Peru

The victims were targeted by a criminal gang who wanted to use their lands to grow lucrative palm oil, according to local indigenous leaders

September 6, 2017The Guardian

Six farmers have been shot dead by a criminal gang who wanted to seize their farms to muscle in on the lucrative palm oil trade, according to indigenous Amazon leaders in Peru.

Saving the Serranía de San Lucas, a Vital Link in the "Jaguar Corridor"

Saving the Serranía de San Lucas, a Vital Link in the "Jaguar Corridor"

September 1, 2017Mongabay

The race is on to protect the area through establishing it as a national park. Proponents of the initiative say doing to would help maintain its rich biodiversity and ensure it retains viable habitat for jaguars and other wildlife.

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