Only local Amazonians can bring true sustainable development to their forest

Authors: Jos Barlow, Alexander C. Lees, Erika Berenguer, James Angus Fraser, Joice Ferreira

The Brazilian government has earmarked a vast tract of Amazonian land for mining. The so-called “Renca” reserve sits in the last great wilderness area in the eastern Amazon and contains lots of unique rainforest wildlife. The controversial decision to allow mining has since been rewritten to clarify that development cannot take place on indigenous lands that lie within the “Renca”, and then put on hold by a federal judge, pending support from congress. Read more