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Forest Focus: Amazon

A truckload of timber leaves the Amazon, Brazil. Image by Christian Franz Tragni, copyright Demotix (18/02/2009).

A truckload of timber leaves the Amazon, Brazil. Image by Christian Franz Tragni, copyright Demotix (18/02/2009).

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In the Amazon rainforest region, deforestation impacts around 30 million people and 350 indigenous and ethnic groups. Yet the Amazon, and other forests like it, are fast-becoming major casualties of civilization as growing human populations increasingly threaten these important biomes. Forests currently account for approximately one third of the Earth's land mass, and 2011 was declared International Year of Forests by the United Nations.

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Focus: Amazon Environment

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16 Aug – Peru: Amazon Officially Inaugurated as Nature's Wonder
25 May – Brazil: Will President Dilma Veto the Future of Forests?
10 Jun – Brazil: Deeper Media Coverage of Belo Monte Dam Needed


23 Nov – Peruvian Amazon: The Challenges of a Wonder of Nature
01 Nov – Brazil: #OccupyBeloMonte Evicted from Dam Construction Site
21 Oct – Brazil: Belo Monte Dam Case Comes to Court
15 Oct – Peru: Paul McAuley, British Priest Defending the Amazon
24 Aug – Brazil: Global Action Against Belo Monte Dam in Images
20 Aug – Brazil: Construction Starts on Controversial Belo Monte Dam
05 Aug – Peru: The Amazon and the Diversion of the Huallaga and Marañón Rivers
20 Jul – Peru: Amazonian Indigenous Life Threatened By Petroleum
28 Jun – Brazil: Despite Protests, Government Insists on Belo Monte Dam
15 Jun – Brazil: The Chilling Beauty of the Green Desert
02 Jun – Brazil: After All There is a Place for Belo Monte Dam
31 May – “Shame for Brazil” Forest Defender Couple Murdered
20 May – Brazil: Future of Forests at Stake
27 Apr – Peru: Hydroelectric Projects in the Amazon Under Discussion Again
20 Mar – Ecuador: New Developments and Cyber-Activism in Chevron Case
13 Mar – Peru: The Peruvian Amazon
11 Feb – Peru: Inambari Hydroelectric Project Generates Rejection
04 Feb – Peru: New Strain of Dengue Spreads in the Amazon
25 Jan – Brazil: Belo Monte Dam returns to the spotlight
18 Jan – Ecuador: Photos of the Rainforest


15 Dec – Brazil: Key player at COP 16 but bad example at home?
14 Oct – Brazil: The Xingu River is no place for Belo Monte
12 Aug – Brazil: New Forestry Code = The Right to Deforestation?
07 Jul – Peru: Government Expels Paul McAuley, Religious Environmental Activist
26 Jun – Worldwide: The oil spills that don't make the news

Focus: Amazon Communities

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23 Jun – Peru: Amazonian Indigenous Communities Protest Against Oil Pollution
16 Apr – Brazil: Homage to the Victims of the Amazon in Washington, D.C.


20 Jul – Peru: Amazonian Indigenous Life Threatened By Petroleum
31 May – “Shame for Brazil” Forest Defender Couple Murdered


18 Dec – Brazil: Indigenous communities reflect on using the internet
11 Dec – Colombia: Nukak Maku Indigenous Peoples Forced to Leave Their Territory
12 Nov – Brazil: Eradicating the Indigenous Guarani Kaiowa
20 Sep – Brazil: Real Estate Speculation Threats the Cerrado
17 Aug – Brazil: Indigenous Camp Resists for Eight Months in Brasilia
14 Aug – Brazil: The Indigenous, The Internet and Interculturality
08 Jun – Peru: The Blogosphere Remembers Bagua
05 Jun – Peru: A Year Since Bagua


08 Jun – Peru: Responsibility for the Casualties in Amazon Conflict
05 Jun – Peru: Clashes Break Out in the Amazon Region
07 May – Peru: Indigenous Communities Continue Protests

Other Forest Stories

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20 Oct – Bolivia: TIPNIS Indigenous Marchers Arrive in La Paz
26 Sep – Bolivia: Mobilization in Support of Indigenous Marchers
26 Sep – Bolivia: Police Repression of Indigenous Marchers in Yucumo
26 Sep – Protecting African Forests: Wangari Mathai's Legacy
22 Sep – Bolivia: Police Block Indigenous Territory Anti-Highway March
08 Sep – Cambodia: ‘Avatar’ Rally to Protect Country’s Forest
30 Aug – Brazil: Mozambique Cedes Land to Brazilian Agribusiness
18 Jul – Bolivia: New Road Threatens Indigenous Territory of Isiboro Sécure
10 Jul – Brazil: Report Reveals Unsustainable Practices of Biofuel Industry
15 Jun – Brazil: The Chilling Beauty of the Green Desert
20 Apr – Costa Rica: Climate Change Affecting the Cloud Forest
19 Jan – Jordan: Social Media Combats Deforestation Project
16 Jan – Brazil: Flooding in the Mountainous Region of Rio de Janeiro Devastated Cities


11 Sep – Brazil: Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden under Discussion
22 Jul – Mozambique/Brazil: “Ethanol diplomacy” meets criticism
27 Jun – Brazil: Standing Against Mining in Gandarela


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Hashtags: #Amazonia | #Manaus | #saveourforests | #BeloMonte | #PareBeloMonte (stop Belo Monte)


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