Illegal mining sparks malaria outbreak in Indigenous territories in Brazil

A letter from Jacareacanga City Hall, obtained exclusively by Mongabay/InfoAmazonia, asks the Evandro Chagas Institute for help because of a “major outbreak of malaria” in the municipality’s indigenous lands and points out that the increase in cases is related to illegal mining in the region. The municipality is home to the Munduruku, Kayabi, and Sai Cinza indigenous lands.

Encouraged by Bolsonaro, mining requests on indigenous lands reach record numbers in 2020

Exclusive survey reveals 145 requests filed with the National Mining Agency as of November 3, the highest number in 24 years. A bill presented by President Bolsonaro would legalize activities currently prohibited by the Constitution.

‘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.

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  • New frontier of gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon

    11/03/2016 clip Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project

    In the current report, we show the new gold mining frontiers in northern and central Peru: two cases in the region of Amazonas and a case in the buffer zone of El Sira Communal Reserve, in the Huanuco region.

  • Exclusive: new satellite images show oil drilling in Yasuni-ITT

    10/11/2016 clip Mongabay

    Mongabay has obtained a new, high-resolution satellite image of Petroamazona’s suspected pipeline and drilling platforms in the famed Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) block. Obtained from Planet, the image was analyzed by the team at the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) just after Ecuador announced it had begun drilling in arguably the most biodiverse place on the planet.

  • Dams inevitably result in species decline, losses on reservoir islands

    09/28/2016 clip Mongabay

    Global dam study: reservoir islands shouldn’t be counted as conservation areas by developers. Island isolation inevitably leads to extinctions, ecosystem instability. by Claire Salisbury Hydropower development is booming, with controversial projects unfolding across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. Though often presented as a green renewable energy option, dams can cause a litany of negative […]

  • Madre de Dios, Peru: The road that cuts the heart of the Amazon

    09/12/2016 clip Ojo Público

    An team traveled the forests of Madre de Dios, Peru, and discovered that an illegal highway promoted by the regional governor, Luis Otsuka, is the new corridor for the trafficking of timber and fuel from Cusco to center of illegal mining in the Amazon. Otsuka was accused of illegal deforestation last November for having […]


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