‘Do I deserve to die for speaking on behalf of a people?’

Eronilde Fermin is the chief of the Omágua Kambeba in São Paulo de Olivença, in the Brazilian Amazon. The following is an account of the struggle of unequal forces she faces when trying to guarantee indigenous education, medical care during the pandemic, and protection against invaders

‘Defending the jungle is defending community life,‘ says leader from Ecuadorian Amazon

Rosa Aranda faces two miseries. One in her own body: she was infected by Covid-19. The other is the historical pollution generated by the oil industry, which threatens the territory in which she lives, Piwiri, in the Ecuadorian Amazon forest.

Saweto’s daughter, from Peru, persists in her fight for justice

Diana Ríos Rengifo took on the defense of the Peruvian Amazon after the murder of her father, a well-known Asheninka leader in the fight against illegal loggers. The trees in Saweto, a community located near the Peruvian border with Brazil, are highly coveted on the market and are threatened by indiscriminate logging.

Hortimio, the “Lord of the Earth”: Always at the Forefront in Cataniapo

Inspired by Wänä’cä, a leader who is mentioned in the ancestral songs of the Huöttöja people, Hortimio Ochoa is the visible face of defense of the Cataniapo hydrographic basin in the Venezuelan state of Amazonas. It is an area subject to increasingly evident pressure associated with mining, deforestation and the incursion of illegal armed groups.

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  • Mining vs. protection of the biodiversity

    07/02/2010 clip O Eco

    The world’s largest protected area, the Grão-Pará Ecological Station continues to be threatened by the Rio Tinto mining company’s interests in exploiting bauxite in its interior. A Work Group defines by September whether the protected area will be reduced.

  • A down-to-earth attitude

    06/01/2010 clip O Eco

    Paragominas, a township known as one of the main villains of deforesting in the Brazilian Amazon region, shows that the secret to reduce this practice lies in local partnerships. Click to see image galleryClick to see the infographic

  • Forest concessions go forward in Brazil

    05/26/2010 clip O Eco

    A model devised in 2006 allows the bidding of vast public areas for exploitation with forest management. Preliminary results show a reduction of illegal activities on the part of lumber companies in the Amazon.

  • Carajás: the dilemma of a sustainable development

    05/11/2010 clip O Eco

    Ensconced in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, the world’s largest outdoor iron mine has not created the expected amount wealth or quality of life. While the trail of destruction continues to grow around it, the company that owns the mining rights contributes towards research of endemic species in the region.

  • Are the days of the Yasuní numbered?

    03/03/2010 clip O Eco

    The Ecuadorian government stirred up a great deal of expectation with the announcement of a financial compensation system in exchange for environmental services. But has presidente Rafael Correa changed his mind?

  • A questionable meal

    03/02/2010 clip O Eco

    There is a platform that intends to integrate systems of traceability in Brazilian red meat, revealing with genetic precision if the meat on the store shelf is a result of environmental crimes.

  • The Rubber Tapper trade is threatened

    03/01/2010 clip O Eco

    More than just the end of a tradition, the decline of rubber extraction represents the collapse of the model envisioned by Brazil of defending the possibility of preserving the forest while affording respectable living conditions for those who inhabit it.

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