21 Jul '11, 7pm

Amazon tribes win support to protect 46 million ha of Amazon forest

Amazon tribes win support to protect 46 million ha of Amazon forest

Amazon tribes win support to protect 46 million ha of Amazon forest mongabay.com July 21, 2011 Indigenous communities working to protect the Amazon rainforest got a boost last week with the launch of a "biocultural conservation corridor" initiative in two regions of Brazil. The initiative, coordinated by the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) and partially funded by the Skoll Foundation, which contributed $1.6 million, aims to prevent deforestation across 46 million ha (114 million acres) in the northeastern and southwestern sections of Brazilian Amazon. The initiative will "strengthen the capacity of the indigenous communities and government agencies to monitor, manage and protect the indigenous reserves and adjacent areas while creating positive conditions for long-term financing of forest protection," according to a statement from the Skoll Foundation. The project will also...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0721-biocultural_conservati...

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