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Tributary near the Manicoré River, in the southern part of the state of Amazonas: lakes and rivers are crucial for capturing carbon from the atmosphere. Photo: Valdemir Cunha/Greenpeace


  • Extermination under the Bolsonaro government: 795 indigenous people murdered
    Violent deaths of indigenous people rose 54% between 2019 and 2022 by comparison with the previous four years and were concentrated in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul, Amazonas and Roraima. (Agência Pública)
  • Agribusiness advances and threatens Yanomami land
    The eastern part of Brazil’s biggest indigenous territory has suffered an increase in forest degradation due to the invasion of cattle ranches over more than a decade. (InfoAmazonia)
  • Pilot missionaries try to convert uncontacted peoples
    Pastors who fly aircraft are being prosecuted in Brazil for invading protected indigenous lands, such as in the Javari Valley. Their strategy relies on translated Bibles and offers of money. (O Joio e O Trigo)


  • Indigenous territories reforest most effectively
    Indigenous people are more effective at restoring areas of their land that have been deforested. Under their care, secondary forest cover is 23% greater than it is on other private lands. (Mongabay)
  • Forest lakes are more effective at capturing carbon
    Bodies of water in the Amazon region, in areas of preserved forest, can “sequester” 39% more carbon than the forest itself. These formations capture 10 times more carbon than those in subpolar regions. (Fapesp)
  • Forest suffers even at a distance from deforestation
    The cutting down of trees causes a knock-on effect in the Amazon region, according to a study. Research reveals that for every 100 trees cut down, on average, another 22 die due to a lack of water. ((o))eco)

Açaí collector in the community of Arraiol, in the Bailique archipelago, in the state of Amapá. Photo: Diego Baravelli/Greenpeace

  • Climate crisis affects açaí and community nutrition
    Harvests of the staple fruit for the peoples of the forest have become irregular. Because of changes in the seasons large quantities of açaí are not ripening properly and have to be thrown away. (Amazônia Real)


  • Seed collecting intiative helps forest restoration
    An initiative called Redário, with 1,200 people, supports indigenous, quilombola and traditional communities’ activities in relation to the collection and production of native seeds (Nexo Jornal)
  • Areas less researched are most threatened
    Amazon regions with the lowest levels of scientific research between 2010 and 2020 overlap with areas most at risk of environmental modification (Fapesp)

Spell check (Portuguese): Elvira Gago
Translation into Spanish: Julieta Sueldo Boedo
English translation: Mark Murray
Photography editing: Mariana Greif
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