Indigenous native of the Amazon. Courtesy of Amazon Watch.

Protecting Indigenous Lands of the Amazon

July 11, 2015

Protecting Indigenous Lands of the Amazon

LDF will support Amazon Watch’s mission to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin, with indigenous-led initiatives in protecting more than 60 million acres of rainforest from oil development and mega-dams.

Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. They partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems.

Rainforests sustain us. They help regulate the global climate and are vital to maintaining the earth’s fragile balance. The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, covering an area larger than the continental United States. It houses one-third of the Earth’s plant and animal species and produces one-fifth of all its flowing fresh water.

Nearly 400 distinct indigenous peoples depend on the Amazon rainforest for their physical and cultural survival. At current rates of deforestation, nearly 50 percent of the Amazon could be lost or severely degraded by the year 2020, and the vast majority will no longer be in a pristine state.

With global deforestation contributing 20–25 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, Amazon Watch and their indigenous partners are providing a service to all humanity as we together seek to defend the rainforest.

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