Indigenous communities in Colombia’s Amazon move closer to self-governance

amazon landscapeRINCON VITINA, Colombia — In this small Indigenous reserve, or resguardo, in the Colombian department of Guainía, people tend to their cassava, plantain and pineapple crops, raise ornamental fish, and weave objects from the chiqui chiqui palm. Agriculture makes up the core of their livelihood, and for centuries the Indigenous community here has governed and […]

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For Ecuador’s A’i Cofán leaders, Goldman Prize validates Indigenous struggle

Alex Lucitante and Alexandra Narvaez, Goldman Prize winners for South and Central America in 2022.Alexandra Narváez and Alex Lucitante, two young Indigenous leaders from the A’i Cofán community of Sinangoe, located in the Ecuadoran Amazon, have been awarded the 2022 Goldman Environmental Prize for their fight against gold mining on their territory. This marks the second time that this internationally renowned prize has been awarded to Ecuadoran Indigenous leaders. In […]

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For companies shopping for quality carbon credits, a new guide offers help

A new guide published in May is helping companies make smarter decisions about purchasing tropical forest credits, a strategy for offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, slowing deforestation and mitigating climate change. The Tropical Forest Credit Integrity (TFCI) guide provides support for companies seeking to purchase high-quality carbon credits, which will bring them closer to decarbonizing their […]

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Government inaction sees 98% of deforestation alerts go unpunished in Brazil

Inspectors from Brazil’s federal environmental protection agency, IBAMA, carried out a series of inspections in 2017, exposing weaknesses in Brazil's forest management systems that allowed illegal timber to be sold both domestically and abroad.The Jair Bolsonaro presidency in Brazil has been marked by loosening regulations and budget cuts for environmental agencies, leading to soaring rates of Amazon destruction since he took office in 2019. Now, a new study quantifies what researchers call the “political negligence” of these policies, finding that nearly 98% of deforestation alerts were not investigated. […]

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