Before embarking on a perilous trek through the jungle, drug couriers in Colombia turn to shamans for protection.
Miners dredging millions of dollars in gold from Brazil’s Puruê River devastate the environment and attract armed groups.
Official report identifies dredges and boats supporting the crimes at the Juami-Japurá Ecological Station, in the state of Amazonas. Impacts on the integral protection area have been growing since 2019.
In Vaupés, a department in the Colombian Amazon, indigenous peoples cling to their beliefs to protect themselves from mining. A concession for the exploitation of coltan angers three communities: the leaders are threatened and their right to prior consultation has been violated.
Research has determined that the mercury level exceeds up to 87 times the level permitted by the Colombian State.[:]
The governments of Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom made its first payment to Colombia for having complied with the reduction of deforestation between 2013 and 2014.
Leaders from indigenous and forest communities in Colombia, Indonesia, Liberia, and Peru are in London to call for action on human rights violations and land grabbing linked to the global trade in palm oil.
The director of Amazon Institute of Scientific Studies Sinchi speaks of the management plan for La Macarena, which sought to prevent the deterioration of the area and show the effects of mining.
Illicit gold trade overtakes cocaine, fuelling abuses including sexual exploitation and child labour, says Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime.
The intention is to plant 72,000 trees every month in the Amazon, chosen by indigenous communities, but providing food security.