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The Xingu River and Its People

For hundreds of years, the Xingu River basin has been home to a cross-section of Brazilian life, made up of rural and urban communities. The region reveals a diverse conglomeration of people, with varying levels of multilingualism and acculturation to the Brazilian mainstream. More

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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.

Xingu River Defender Antônia Melo Honored for Her Lifelong Struggle

Xingu River Defender Antônia Melo Honored for Her Lifelong Struggle

October 11, 2017

"I am but drop of water in the ocean, but together with many others we can shape the force of its waters and make change. This is what motivates my commitment to continue fighting, so that human rights, social-environmental justice, and that life be affirmed for present and future generations!"

Brazilian Firm Wants To Build New Dams in Amazon's Aripuanã Basin

Brazilian Firm Wants To Build New Dams in Amazon's Aripuanã Basin

August 10, 2017Mongabay

With the bancada ruralista mining / agribusiness lobby in control of the Temer government and Congress, a Brazilian company, Intertechne Consultores, sees it as an opportune time to revive a shelved plan to build dams in the Amazon’s Aripuanã basin.

Unexamined Synergies: Dam Building and Mining Go Together in the Amazon

Unexamined Synergies: Dam Building and Mining Go Together in the Amazon

Forty major dams are planned for the Brazilian Amazon in the next twenty years. Driving the trend are the high-energy demands of a powerful mining industry and mineral export businesses.

June 22, 2017Mongabay

"The truth is that installing a hydropower dam provokes the installation of mining projects. This never, or extremely rarely, is integrated into the licensing process as a synergetic effect."

Brazil Suspends Belo Sun's Gold Mine Licence, Stock Collapses

Brazil Suspends Belo Sun's Gold Mine Licence, Stock Collapses

April 12, 2017Mining.com

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.

Gold Mine Aggravates Tensions in Brazil's Amazon Region

Gold Mine Aggravates Tensions in Brazil's Amazon Region

April 7, 2017IPS

"Either Belo Sun throws us out of here or we throw them out."

Toxic Mega-Mine Looms Over Belo Monte's Affected Communities

Toxic Mega-Mine Looms Over Belo Monte's Affected Communities

April 4, 2017

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.

An Amazon Community Braces for "Monster" Gold Mine

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."

"It Opens the Floodgate"

"It Opens the Floodgate"

Brazil is handing over the Amazon rainforest to mining companies and big agriculture

March 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.

Is Chinese Development Finance Enabling Rainforest Destruction in Brazil?

Is Chinese Development Finance Enabling Rainforest Destruction in Brazil?

March 21, 2017China Dialogue

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.

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