Amazon Watch


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Amazon Watch

Founded in 1996, Amazon Watch works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability, and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems. We believe that the most effective way to defend the Amazon rainforest is to support and advance the rights of indigenous peoples, whose territories encompass over one quarter of the region, and who have lived in harmony with its abundant biodiversity for millennia.

The Caipirinha Foundation supports Amazon Watch’s campaign to stop the Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River in Brazil. If built, the dam would divert the flow of the Xingu River and devastate an extensive area of the Brazilian rainforest, displacing over 20,000 people and threatening the survival of indigenous peoples. We supported a mobilization of indigenous leaders from across the Amazon to discuss threats posed by major infrastructure projects in the Amazon, especially the Belo Monte Dam. This gathering catalyzed further resistance by indigenous leaders and civil society to the dam and to the Brazilian government's shortsighted plans to build more than 60 more large dams in the Brazilian Amazon.

Website: www.amazonwatch.org


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