Brazilian Indigenous Group Expels Illegal Loggers

The Amazon Ka’apor community takes the struggle for sovereignty into its own hands. Maranhao is the state on the eastern flank of the Brazilian Amazon, a region that was densely forested but more recently has borne the brunt of rapid deforestation. According to the Imazon research institute, the Brazilian lumber industry is valued at around $1.6 billion per year, and of this a whopping 76% is harvested illegally.* The Amazon is not only the largest tropical forest in the world but it is also the main source of wood for this substantial illegal industry. The region’s Ka’apor indigenous community has been up against an ongoing battle with illegal loggers for many years. In Brazil, recognized indigenous groups have land demarcated by FUNAI – the National Indian Foundation – and it is... read more
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Brazilian Indigenous Group Expels Illegal Loggers