Pandemic, social unrest and war echoing in the Amazon | Land Portal
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Stacey Zammit (stacey.zammit@landportal.info)
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Language of the event: 
English
Portuguese
Spanish
French

September 29th, 2022

9:00 -10:30 AM EST 

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Recent global events have had dire impacts on the world's remaining forests, particularly in tropical regions. Disease outbreak, war and social insecurity may have originated in other parts of the globe, however their effects ripple and affect the most vulnerable regions & people. This ripple effect has brought unwelcome impacts that have become apparent in the Amazon. 

Shortly after the emergence of COVID-19, NGOs pulled their support from field projects and vital supplementary revenues from ecotourism dried up. In Bolivia, government officials closed 22 National Parks, removing NGOs and security from the field, which led to a spike in illegal fishing and wildlife trafficking. Many governments were too distracted by the crisis to address rising violence against environmental and human rights defenders, more than 300 of whom were killed in Colombia alone. More recently, the war in Ukraine has caused serious disruption to the global timber trade and these impacts are echoing in the Amazon rainforest. The Brazilian government has claimed that allowing mining in the Amazon, and subsequently Indigenous territories, could end Brazil’s dependence on imported fertilizers from countries such as Russia and Belarus. Indigenous resistance is being undermined by the government’s long-standing refusal to acknowledge their land claims, resulting in destruction and violence. Unnatural rainforest wildfires in the Amazon rainforest have also been grabbing headlines, however the Indigenous Peoples and local communities who are the guardians of these forests face a multitude of threats. Not only are their territories targeted for extractive activities such as gold mining and intensive agriculture, but without clear land titles their livelihoods remain legally precarious. 

This webinar reflected on global events that have impacted the Amazon region, putting an emphasis on the solutions and progress for a more secure future for Indigenous populations in the Amazon region. 

 

                   Moderator

 

Fabio Teixeira (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
Fabio Teixeira

 

 

Speakers

Silvana Baldovino, Peruvian Environmental Law Society (SPDA)
Silvana
Baldovino 
  

Jose (Beto) Roberto Borges, Director, Communities and Territorial Governance Initiative, Forest Trends
Beto
Borges

  

Alexandra Narvaez (Kofan Community Ecuador).
Alexandra
Narvaes

  

 

 Astolfo Aranburo (Afro Descendent community Colombia)
Astolfo
Aranburo

  

 Barbara Fraser (Society of Environmental Journalists and National Association of Science Writers)
 Barbara
Fraser 
  

 

 

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