Campaigners from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are backing indigenous people and local communities to protect the Amazon rainforest.
This morning, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the first of their climate change reports. If you take anything from this article then it is this; the time to act is now.
Picture rainforest – what do you see? Flourishing forest, vibrant wildlife, miles of the Amazonian river snaking through towering tropical trees? Or perhaps you visualise piles of timber and lost habitats? Both are true, but it’s not the whole picture.
Giving indigenous people legal rights to their land is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect South America’s endangered rainforest. A recent World Resources Institute report [footnote ftnt_no=”1″] found that deforestation rates in Brazil on land formally owned by…