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Ocean Malandra

4 November 2020

Mocoa, Putumayo, Colombia

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Five different Indigenous groups formed an alliance known as the Union of Traditional Age Medics of the Colombian Amazon to practice spiritual ceremonies and community healing based on the ingestion of a potent halluc...

The Tyee

Andrew MacLeod

24 September 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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Finding common ground between environmentalists, logging companies, and indigenous communities to protect the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada took years of discussion and even a dance at an Elton John concert. But the...

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Julie Ball

15 September 2020

Brazil

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Rainforest Connection makes a smartphone app that is part of a system using solar-powered phones in the rainforests of Brazil, Sumatra, Costa Rica, and Peru to stream audio of suspected illegal logging. This system, u...

Mongabay

Rosamaria Loures

Sarah Sax

21 August 2020

Maranhão, Brazil

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Women “warriors” of the indigenous Guajajara people in Brazil use drones to patrol their territory of the Amazon rainforest in an effort to prevent deforestation. Because of their work, they have been able to cute def...

The Guardian

Francesc Badia i Dalmases

13 March 2020

Kapawi, Ecuador

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The Kara Solar Foundation is looking to connect indigenous communities in Achuar territory in Ecuador to learn about solar power as an alternative to oil. By building solar-powered canoes, they can replace vessels tha...

ThePrint

Rishika Pardikar

5 February 2020

Tamil Nadu, India

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The Nature Conservation Foundation is working to restore patches of rainforests in India that were degraded due to the expansion of plantations in the region. As the climate crisis continues, rainforests can play a ke...

Vice

Esha Chhabra

12 December 2019

Brazil

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Bia Saldanha works with community members in Brazil to tap trees in the Amazon for rubber as a way to create sustainable income and discourage other practices like cattle farming and logging that has led to deforestat...

Mongabay

Nick Rodway

18 November 2019

Western Australia, Australia

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Revegetation and fire management practices are helping to preserve Australia’s biodiversity. In Western Australia, collaborative efforts between Environs Kimberley, an environmental NGO, and local rangers from the Fir...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Adam Wernick

12 November 2019

Borneo, Indonesia

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Those who live on the island of Borneo understand that their well-being comes from the Gunung Palung National Park, but logging remained rampant because it was the only way to make money to pay for healthcare. Thus, a...

ProPublica

Lisa Song

22 May 2019

Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil

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This story examines the well-publicized climate-change strategy of carbon credits: the idea that a CO₂-emitting company could offset its emissions by funding anti-logging efforts, effectively "saving" the equivalent a...

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Marianne Lehnis

14 March 2019

Xingu River, Brazil

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Gainforest is a tech startup that uses blockchain and AI to fund rainforest preservation and pay indigenous forest protectors for their work. By using satellite imaging and a trusted payment mechanism, as well as work...

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Kate Schimel

8 January 2019

Papua New Guinea

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In northeastern Papua New Guinea, community leaders and the government set aside 360,000 hectares of the Managalas Plateau as a protected conservation area in 2017. The project has strong local support. But facing des...

Mongabay

Shreya Dasgupta

3 January 2019

Bontang, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

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Bioacoustics, a method for studying sound in forests, has some powerful implications for conservation. For example, the U.S.-based non-profit Rainforest Connection used a remote smartphone network to discover logging ...

Mongabay

Camilo Mejia Giraldo

19 December 2018

Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea

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Across Papua New Guinea, growers are turning to agroforestry, pairing crops like cocoa and nuts to closely mimic forest ecosystems. The benefits are numerous--diverse income streams for growers, new habitat for wildli...

Mongabay

Camilo Mejia Giraldo

26 November 2018

Papua New Guinea

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In Papua New Guinea, agroforestry--an old method of farming that more closely mimics natural ecosystems--has provided the Gildipasi community with diverse crops and greater food security. And in a boom for wildlife, t...

Ensia

Chris West

9 November 2018

Brazil

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Certification schemes, which track international supply chains of commodities like soy or palm oil, can help consumers avoid products that contribute to deforestation. Some such schemes are showing promising results. ...

Public Radio International

Sam Eaton

4 October 2018

Maranhão, Brazil

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Illegal logging and land clearing are destroying much of the Amazon forest which is impacting the livelihood of the indigenous people living there. The Guajajara tribe is taking an active stand against these activitie...

Sierra Club

Martha Pskowski

11 January 2018

Tres Garantías, Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Despite the Yucatan Peninsula being known as a hotspot for deforestation, the Tres Garantías cooperative has found a way to source sap from the forest's trees that doesn’t permanently damage the tree. The sap is used ...

National Geographic

Krista Langlois

26 October 2017

British Columbia, Canada

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In British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nations have been striving for decades to save the spirit bear, also known as Kemode bears, from trophy hunters. Since 1999, the indigenous commu...

The New York Times

Brad Plumer

20 July 2017

Hoima, Kibaale, Western Region, Uganda

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In a randomized experiment in western Uganda, scientists demonstrated the effectiveness of paying rural farmers not to chop down trees since deforestation contributes to CO2 emissions worldwide. They studied for two y...

Reuters

Chris Arsenault

28 September 2016

Brasilia, Brazil

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13 years ago, Brazil didn't have satellite data or heat mapping to track illegal logging. Neither did they have weapon wielding agents working to stop ecological crime. These tools, in addition to the help of indigeno...

The Guardian

Dan Collyns

8 July 2013

Tambopata, Peru

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Rainforest Expeditions, an innovative eco-tourism company in Peru, helps the local economy while also promoting conservation of the natural rainforest. By working with Infierno, the local indigenous community in a sou...

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