Journalism from the center of the world

Deforestation in the Piripkura Indigenous Land in 2021. Photo: Christian Braga/Greenpeace


  • The Ferrogrão’s impact is greater than the agribusiness sector is saying
    The railroad project aimed at transporting grains from the state of Mato Grosso to ports in the state of Pará will affect at least six indigenous lands, 17 conservation units and three uncontacted peoples, according to a survey on the website O Joio e O Trigo and the news site InfoAmazônia
  • Deforestation moves closer to uncontacted peoples
    Image monitoring shows that the destruction caused by illegal mining and farming and cattle raising continues to increase and threatens lands where there are uncontacted indigenous people, according to the Social Environmental Institute (ISA)
  • A gas exploration project omits environmental study
    The company Eneva has operated close to indigenous areas in the state of Amazonas since 2019 without releasing an environmental impact study, despite having altered territories and contaminated the region’s water, according to the new site (InfoAmazonia)
  • Trees in the Amazon region that suffer most during periods of drought
    Failure in terms of delivering water from the trees’ roots to the top part makes some species in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil less likely to survive periods of drought, according to a study on the new site (InfoAmazonia)


  • Project wants to document the DNA of Amazonian species
    Researchers aim to create a genetic data biobank of the fauna that would be fueled by the communities themselves based on the collection of data using low-cost equipment, according to the University of Sao Paulo’s news site (Jornal da USP)
  • Switzerland’s entry reinforces the Amazon Fund
    The European country was the seventh nation to express interest in joining the cooperation mechanism in the wake of Lula’s inauguration; the country’s announced contribution is one of R$30 million, according to the website (((o))eco)
  • The Constitution gets its first version in an indigenous language
    Almost 35 years after its promulgation, the document will be released in the state of Amazonas in the Nheengatu language, known as modern Tupi, with the aim of promoting indigenous rights, according to the legal newsite (ConJur)
  • Legal mining will account for 5% of polluting gases
    Brazil has an area almost the size of Croatia with legal mining operations that emit greenhouse gases as a result of deforestation and soil changes; research shows that the current model will require offsetting, according to the news agency (Agência Fapesp)


Illegal mining rafts in the Parima River region of the Yanomami Indigenous Land. Photo: Bruno Kelly/Amazônia Real

  • Illegal mining fuels conflict among the Yanomami
    Invaders are arming and recruiting indigenous people in order to cause divisions and conflicts between villages, according to the Federal Police. At the start of July, an indigenous child was shot dead, according to the website Amazônia Real
  • Government ignored sexual violence against indigenous people
    Cases of HPV in children of the Jamamadi ethnic group, which could indicate sexual abuse, failed to be investigated due to the dismantling of inspection bodies under the Bolsonaro government, according to the NGO Repórter Brasil and the website O Joio e O Trigo
  • Damares Alves’ uncle raises cattle on public lands
    The pastor and former federal deputy Josué Bengtson, who is the uncle of the Bolsonaro supporter and senator Damares Alves, is contesting an area set aside for agrarian reform in the state of Pará and is using a fraudulent document to prove ownership, according to the agribusiness observatory De Olho nos Ruralistas
  • Problems continue in the Javari Valley a year later
    An increased presence on the part of the National Foundation of Indigenous Peoples (Funai) and improvements in the communication structure are a few advances in the region where the journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira were killed in 2022. The area is still suffering with economic and social problems. (Agência Pública)

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Indigenous people from the Kanamari territorial surveillance group have dinner at the base set up by them in the Indigenous Land in the Javari Valley, in the State of Amazonas, in March 2023. Photo: Bruno Kelly/Amazônia Real

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