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Awa: ‘Earth’s Most Threatened Tribe’

Awa: ‘Earth’s Most Threatened Tribe’ | Amazonas, agora! | Scoop.it

"The Awa's forest is being illegally cut for timber," Firth says in his appeal. "When the loggers see them, they kill them. Their bows and arrows are no match for guns. And at any other time in history, that's where it would end. Another people wiped off the face of the earth, forever. But we're going to make sure the world doesn't let that happen..."


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Cacau, uma opção saborosa contra o desmatamento na Amazônia

Cacau, uma opção saborosa contra o desmatamento na Amazônia | Amazonas, agora! | Scoop.it

Medicilândia - Uma fábrica de chocolate à beira da estrada Transamazônica no estado do Pará (norte), perto da cidade de Medicilândia, funciona como um antídoto saboroso para o problema de desmatamento na Amazônia.


"Por décadas, a Transamazônica foi sinônimo de crimes contra o meio ambiente. Nós passávamos uma imagem de destruição da Amazônia que queremos mudar com esta iniciativa", conta Ademir Venturim, presidente da cooperativa de 40 pequenos produtores da "Fábrica de Chocolate".


Sentado em frente à fábrica, junto ao muro de cor amarelo brilhante da marca "Cacauway", Ademir explica: "Para nós, a fábrica é uma experiência que pode ser replicada em toda a Amazônia: ao dar valor aos produtos da Amazônia, criar emprego e renda, poderemos promover o desenvolvimento econômico, social e ambiental desejado pela Rio+20".

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Terra-i: the most precise real-time deforestation tracker yet

Terra-i: the most precise real-time deforestation tracker yet | Amazonas, agora! | Scoop.it

"As we approach Rio+20 where the world will define the targets that will guide us along the road to a more sustainable development, it is critical that we deploy the appropriate tools to carefully monitor and manage our landscapes," said Mulligan. "We need to ensure that we maintain enough farmland to feed the nine billion people to come, but we must also have protected natural landscapes that provide clean water, a stable climate, a refuge for biodiversity, and space for increasingly urbanised populations to experience and appreciate the wonders of nature."

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“My weapon is the computer” - Brasil - Notícia - VEJA.com

“My weapon is the computer” - Brasil - Notícia - VEJA.com | Amazonas, agora! | Scoop.it

"Our culture will change whichever way", says Almir. "There is no way of isolating oneself from the world, this is why we decided where we want to go." The condition: integration with the world tuned to the advancements and ubiquity of the internet, points out Almir, does not mean giving up the choice to live in the land of one's parents and grandparents.


The suruís made the clear option to live in the forest and from the forest — and to link this decision to another innovation. One of the central points of the project is the sale of carbon credits through a mechanism of financial reward for non-deforestation known as Redd.

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Socioambiental: "Tudo isso causa um impacto grande na vida dos povos indígenas."

Socioambiental: "Tudo isso causa um impacto grande na vida dos povos indígenas." | Amazonas, agora! | Scoop.it

Entre as denúncias listadas estão os inúmeros empreendimentos em andamento e planejamento no País que afetam terras indígenas; o descumprimento da Convenção 169, da Organização Internacional do Trabalho (OIT), que manda fazer consultas prévias e informadas aos indígenas em caso de obras que impactam suas terras; o Código Florestal, recém “emendado” pela Presidente Dilma Rousseff; a Proposta de Emenda à Constituição (PEC) 215, em discussão no Congresso, que reorienta o processo de demarcação de Terras Indígenas.


“Tudo isso causa um impacto grande na vida dos povos indígenas. Então, nós viemos para cá para dar visibilidade às nossas lutas e para mostrar que este modelo de desenvolvimento que está sendo discutido não é bom e não corresponde com a nossa realidade. Nós vemos o desenvolvimento de outra forma: que reconheça os direitos, que reconheça a vida social, que não desaloje as pessoas. Nós queremos mostrar ao mundo o que é ser realmente sustentável. Porque ninguém melhor que os povos indígenas para dizer o que é sustentabilidade”, completa.

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Amazon Deforestation At Record Low, Data Shows

Amazon Deforestation At Record Low, Data Shows | Amazonas, agora! | Scoop.it

The data continues an encouraging trend. Since the peak deforestation year of 2004, the rates of clearance have fallen by almost 75 percent.


"This reduction is impressive; it is the result of changes in society, but it also stems from the political decision to inspect, as well as from punitive action by government agencies," Rousseff said.

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Rio+20 People’s Summit Gives Voice To Brazil’s Indigenous Tribes

Rio+20 People’s Summit Gives Voice To Brazil’s Indigenous Tribes | Amazonas, agora! | Scoop.it

"The Awa's forest is being illegally cut for timber," Firth said in his appeal. "When the loggers see them, they kill them ... At any other time in history, that's where it would end: another people wiped off the face of the earth forever. But we're going to make sure the world doesn't let that happen."


Moving as the appeal may be, Brazilian farm groups have little impetus to protect the indigenous population when the land is ideal for producing soy, beef and other agricultural products that have helped fuel rising fortunes and a growing middle class.


Sen. Katia Abreu, president of Brazil's National Agriculture and Livestock Federation, wrote in a recent opinion article for the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, that the tribes of the Amazon "don't need more physical space, but sanitation, education and an efficient health system."


"Who benefits from this? Not our country, which today enjoys the best and cheapest food in the world and boasts of being the globe's second-largest food exporter."

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WWF pledge to stop gold mining in protected areas and indigenous land in the Amazon

WWF pledge to stop gold mining in protected areas and indigenous land in the Amazon | Amazonas, agora! | Scoop.it

Gold mining is considered the most damaging extractive sector and there is a growing social pressure to tackle. Nowadays, it is estimated that at least 100 tons of mercury are released annually into the environment by small-scale gold mining in South America, polluting water resources and ecosystems. It is also important to understand and face health and social problems related to the activity.


"We are very worried about the question of artesanal gold mining in indigenous areas" said COICA's coordinator for International Cooperation, Juan Carlos Jintiach. "They prevent us from protecting biodiversity, our culture and our way of life. Illegal mining brings with it other sweeping social questions like prostitution, loss of identity and environmental desruction. This is an issue that needs to be taken seriously and addressed persistently with proper respect for the rights of indigenous peoples", he concluded.

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Environmental activists 'being killed at rate of one a week'

Environmental activists 'being killed at rate of one a week' | Amazonas, agora! | Scoop.it

Brazil – the host of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development – has the worst record for danger in a decade that has seen the deaths of more than 365 defenders, said the briefing, which was released on the eve of the high-level segment of the Earth Summit.


The group called on the leaders at Rio to set up systems to monitor and counter the rising violence, which in many cases involves governments and foreign corporations, and to reduce the consumption pressures that are driving development into remote areas.


"This trend points to the increasingly fierce global battle for resources, and represents the sharpest of wake-up calls for delegates in Rio," said Billy Kyte, campaigner at Global Witness.

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How to protect the Amazon - Brasil - Notícia - VEJA.com

How to protect the Amazon - Brasil - Notícia - VEJA.com | Amazonas, agora! | Scoop.it

The Amazon is a peculiar ecosystem. It is useless to import ideas and merely adapt them to the local conditions. The information must be produced from the Amazonian realities themselves. However, the mistakes have been produced from times of old. In elementary education, for instance, a curriculum homogenized with that of the rest of the country is maintained, which ends up displacing children from their environment and culture.


In addition, in higher levels of the school chain, there is a predominant lack of programs for the formation of masters and doctorates in areas that are absolutely essential to the region, such as naval engineering, transport engineering and biochemistry, among others.

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Protesto contra usina de Belo Monte reúne 200 pessoas

Protesto contra usina de Belo Monte reúne 200 pessoas | Amazonas, agora! | Scoop.it

Segundo os ambientalistas, o objetivo era denunciar os crimes socioambientais que estariam sendo cometidos com a construção de grandes projetos hidrelétricos na Amazônia. Belo Monte é a primeira de várias barragens que o governo brasileiro pretende construir na região.


Munidos de pás, enxadas e picaretas, os manifestantes marcharam até uma das barragens e abriram um pequeno canal para "restaurar o fluxo natural do Xingu", informaram assessores do Xingu+23, evento realizado em Santo Antônio, a 50 km de Altamira, em comemoração dos 23 anos contra Belo Monte.

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