|expertise:||Campaigns Coordinator for Survival International|
Cattle ranching in the Amazon had an extremely negative impact on a number of indigenous peoples in the region known as Amazonia Legal. It is in fact, one of the most important causes of both rainforest destruction and the invasion of indigenous people's lands in the Amazonian rainforest as a whole.
I am Campaigns Coordinator for Survival International, a woldwide organisation which defends the rights of indigenous peoples. I have special responsibilty for Brazil, Venezuala and Guyana. I have worked for Survival for nearly six years and in that time hav made three field trips to Brazil each lasting 2-3 months whaere I have travelled extensively in the Amazon and elsewhere. The main focus of these trips was to visit indigenous communities to assess and discuss with indigenous people their concerns and problems.
Prior to my work with Survival, I worked on an ecological project in the Amazon organised by the Royal Geographical Society, London, and the Institute of Amazon Research (INPA) Manaus. During this project I lived in the Amazon state of Roraima for 14 months. After the field phase I returned to Britain and was responsible for researching for an education pack on the Amazon based on the project's research and aimed at G.C.S.E. This won the gold medal at the Geographical Associations Annual Awards in 1993.
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Cattle ranching in the Amazon had an extremely negative impact on a number of indigenous peoples in the region known as Amazonia Legal. It is in fact, one of the most important causes of both rainforest destruction and the invasion of indigenous people's lands in the Amazonian rainforest as a whole. The problem is particularly acute in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Rondonia, Roramia and Para. When fiscal incentives for incentives for ranching were created by the Brazilian government, many indigenous areas were and continue to be illegally invaded, and in a number of cases appropriated by ranchers. Cattle ranching has threfore caused:
I would be happy to expand on this statement should it be necessary. I shall be out of Britain from 12 February to 20 March 1996.
|date signed:||9 February 1996|
|status:||Appeared in court|
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