Amazon Watch

Advancing the rights of indigenous people and protecting the rainforest of the Amazon Basin. Our close partnerships with indigenous pe... Read more

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Advancing the rights of indigenous people and protecting the rainforest of the Amazon Basin.

Our close partnerships with indigenous peoples in South America make Amazon Watch a unique environmental group. We enable our Amazonian allies to prevent human rights abuses against their communities and to make their voices heard in the global debate about tropical rainforest conservation, “development” and the fight against climate change.

Since we were founded in 1996, we have established a track record of making a difference in the lives of communities across the Amazon, including helping the U’wa people of Colombia force Occidental Petroleum from their cloud-forest homelands, and blocking the oil industry from the rainforests of the Sarayaku people of southeastern Ecuador.

We have also influenced policy at major financial institutions such as the Inter-American Development Bank, which recently adopted an indigenous peoples policy for the first time, and begun to change abusive environmental and social behavior in the oil and gas industry.

With global deforestation contributing between one quarter and one fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions, we believe that Amazon Watch and our indigenous partners are providing a service to all humanity as we together seek to defend the rainforest. The future of the planet depends on the success of our battle.

With your support, Amazon Watch and our indigenous partners can continue to protect the rainforest, prevent human rights abuses and fight global warming. Support Amazon Watch, defend the Amazon and empower the communities who have lived in harmony with its tropical rainforest since time immemorial!

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1. Indigenous peoples have the right to decide whether and how “development” takes place on their lands.

2. With every tree that is felled, the Amazon rainforest is reaching a tipping point where its entire hydrological cyle is at risk.

3. We believe the rest of what is left should be safeguarded, meaning no industrial development). Indigenous peoples' stewardship is key.