29 Jun '13, 7pm

"If we harm our plants and animals, we harm ourselves."

A fierce battle is being waged in the Brazilian Amazon. The native Kayapó people must defend their lush forests, rivers and savannahs from those lured by the precious trees, fish, gold and fertile land within their 10.6 million hectares (26 million acres) of legally demarcated territory. So far, these Brazilian warriors have victoriously kept their lands mostly intact despite the deforestation around them. "If you look at the Kayapó areas on Google maps , they stick out like a green thumb," said Michael McGreevey, senior grant manager for Conservation International's (CI) Global Conservation Fund . "It's obvious that the way the Kayapó are managing their land is much more sustainable and in tune with conservation values than what’s going on with their neighbors." But patrolling an area larger than Iceland while facing financial temptations to sell off trees and other integ...

Full article: http://www.conservation.org/how/ci_in_action/GCF/Pages/Ka...

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