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Based on the articulated initiatives of Brazilian indigenous communities, Amazon Watch's primary campaign in Brazil aims to stop dirty dams in the Amazon. By supporting the efforts of the region's indigenous people to protect their territory, Amazon Watch works to denounce human rights violations and to promote a renewable energy alternative. More
Celebrating Earth Day, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Mobilize in Brazil and Globally to Demand Recognition of their Rights and Role in Alleviating the Impending Climate Crisis
As scientific evidence mounts of their key role in protecting ecosystems and climate stability, Brazil's indigenous movement calls on the government to halt attacks on indigenous rightsApril 20, 2017
Indigenous Peoples, local communities, social movements, environmental activists, and women's groups from 25 different countries today kicked off a week of protests, meetings, and events to demand respect for community land rights.
In February, a group of locals who opposed the project asked Pará authorities to suspend the recently issued construction licence for Volta Grande. They oppose the company’s planned use of cyanide during extraction of the precious metal, arguing that waste will be deposited in a dam located just 1.5 km from the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon, which poses risks in case of a dam collapse as it happened in 2015, after the Samarco dam burst in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais, which killed 19 people and polluted water streams.
"Either Belo Sun throws us out of here or we throw them out."
The budget cut could cripple efforts to stem deforestation in the country, scientists and environmental groups fearApril 7, 2017Mongabay
Brazil accounts for nearly two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest, the world's largest tropical forest. After several years of decline, deforestation – driven by beef, soy and timber industries – appears to be increasing again.
On the banks of Brazil's lower Xingu River, a toxic controversy looms large, threatening to heap insult upon the grievous injuries of the nearby Belo Monte hydroelectric dam. Belo Sun would become Brazil's largest open-pit gold mine, straddling the territories of three indigenous peoples and other traditional communities that are already reeling from the many social and environmental impacts of Belo Monte.
The Volta Grande project on the Xingu River is destined to be Brazil's largest open-pit gold mine. But activists fear the environmental impact on indigenous communities.April 3, 2017Univisión
According to Christian Poirier of Amazon Watch, "there is no plan for the removal of the mine waste – it's a ticking time bomb."
A statement by Brazilian indigenous leader Sonia Bone GuajajaraMarch 24, 2017
Indigenous lands help regulate the planet's climate, for they are obstacles to deforestation. There is ten times less deforestation in indigenous lands than in non-titled lands.
Brazil is handing over the Amazon rainforest to mining companies and big agricultureMarch 21, 2017VICE News
"You cannot deny land to indigenous people that are ancestrally attached to it and expect them to continue to exist as a culture," said Christian Poirier, program director at Amazon Watch.
Brazil's current economic and political shifts and its effort to attract Chinese investment are part of a concerted effort by the Brazilian government to industrialize vast sections of the Amazon, with grave ramifications for the forests, rivers, and peoples who help sustain this irreplaceable biome for the benefit of humanity.
Today is International Day of Action for Rivers, and what better way to commemorate it than watching the award-winning documentary film, Belo Monte: After the Flood!