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Communities Combat Coca Growers - Peru
Roberto, Teofilo and the Shipibo Conibo community have been managing their forest for decades. Using an innovative forest monitoring system that incorporates traditional foot patrols and the latest technology-including GPS, smart phone applications, satellite-generated deforestation alerts and drones. These tools have have allowed the community monitors, alongside government officials, to locate and identify land invaders, illegal loggers, and increasingly, the illicit cultivation of coca and drug trafficking activities in their ancestral territory. They face threats from invading colonialists, in 2012 community member, Eliseo Picón was killed; Roberto and Teofilo continue to receive death threats.
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Amazon, Alive for Humanity - Colombia
Having lived for millennia in the forests of the ‘Amazonian Trapezoid’, today the Amacayacu National Park, indigenous communities there are now treated as an obstacle to conservation. Their rights have been systematically violated since the National Park was created in 1975. In April 2015 the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism signed an agreement to carry out the construction of a tourist trail, but without previous consultation of local communities. This infrastructure project would include the construction of extensive walking routes and amenities along an 8km route through pristine forest, communities and rivers. The Tikuna, Yaguas and Cocamas who live in San Martín de Amacayacu have denounced the violation of their right to free, prior and informed consent. As such they have urged the Colombian government to stop the construction activities and carry out the consultation process.
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Reunion - Peru
Indigenous Haramkbut leaders lead journey to rediscover ancient sacred site to connect with their cultural past and protect their future.
Playlist - Indigenous Ancestral Knowledge in the Amazon Rainforest
Three short films that highlight the importance of ancestral knowledge as a solution to deforestation and conservation in the Amazon Rainforest. [23:15]