All eyes on the Amazon is delighted to receive £300,000 in funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery. The funding will save one million hectares of Brazilian Amazon rainforest through an innovative training programme for local forest ranger teams. This will allow them to use drones, smartphones and satellite-based monitoring systems to collect images, maps and stories as evidence against deforestation.
Rainforests are crucial for the future of our planet. They provide oxygen, natural cooling and store billions of tons of CO2. But the Amazon rainforest and the people living in it are under pressure like never before. The hunt for natural resources such as timber, oil, minerals and metals and expanding soy plantations for livestock production are an enormous threat for our planet.
Hivos, together with Greenpeace and a broad coalition of indigenous, environmental and human rights organizations, run and implement the program All Eyes on the Amazon to halt deforestation in the Amazon.
All Eyes on the Amazon partners take coordinated action to stop the destruction of the rain forest. This includes working with law enforcement, undertaking international lawsuits and mobilizing the public through global campaigns. Together they protect ten million hectares of forest across nine selected areas of Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. The cooperation with indigenous communities is crucial, and the power of what we do to tackle deforestation lies in their hands.
Clara Govier, Head of Charities for People’s Postcode Lottery said: "This is a cutting edge project that makes use of technology to fight deforestation, but also puts the power in the hands of indigenous people. On behalf of the players of People’s Postcode Lottery we are delighted to fund this groundbreaking and critical work."