A virtual conference to celebrate World Environment Day
The Amazon is the largest rainforest in the world. It contains the largest collection of living plants and animal species on earth, with one in ten known species of the world living in it including an estimated 16,000 tree species (Field Museum, 2013).
While the Amazon is a true treasure of biodiversity and a major storage of CO2, it’s under constant major threats: deforestation, degradation and human rights violations increase yearly, driven by (illegal) logging and mining, fossil fuel extraction, large-scale hydroelectric dams, highways as well as palm oil and soy plantations, and cattle farming. All these threats are heavily linked to the dynamics and demands of the global markets and northern consumption.
The protectors of the Amazon
Indigenous people and local communities living in the Amazon are the guardians of the forest. They play a crucial role in protecting the rainforest and its biodiversity sustainably. But they are also on the frontlines facing the illegal intruders and powerful industries, and have been defending their forests and territories against these threats for centuries.
Join our event
With our event, we want to raise awareness for the struggles and initiatives of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon in defending their rights and the natural resources and biodiversity of the rainforest.
We invite you to join us in the virtual conference: Defending the Amazon: For Nature, For Us, organized by Hivos with participation of the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA), Greenpeace, Amerindian People Association, Witness and Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB):