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In harmony with nature
Living Gaia e. V. encourages exchange between Indigenous Amazonian and non-Indigenous cultures. The non-profit association’s latest project gives the Huni Kuin, an indigenous people in the Brazilian state of Acre, a voice and supports them in protecting their homes – the Amazon rainforest.
It’s a cause of global significance, because standing up for indigenous groups like the Huni Kuin means contributing to the protection of the rainforest.
Brazil’s forests are on fire
The Amazon is the largest tropical rainforest on earth. But the green lungs of our planet are under threat. In the past years there have been more forest fires than ever before and every day several thousand hectares of forest are being lost. The consequences: More and more animal species are becoming extinct, the global climate is warming and regional weather extremes are becoming more frequent.
The situation is critical
As satellite images show, Indigenous territories have a high potential to resist deforestation. The pressure on these lands, however, has dramatically increased since the Bolsonaro government from 2018-2022.
Although Brazil’s new President Lula da Silva promised to end deforestation, this is difficult to realize. The agribusiness remains Brazil’s most influential sector. Illegal mining and logging operated by internationally operating criminal organizations pose additional threats to the Amazonian ecosystems. The habitat of the Huni Kuin is in danger.
It is not too late yet
We can do something: An effective way to protect the Huni Kuin and their home, the rainforest, is through land purchase. With your donation, a land of 16.000 hectares can be acquired land in the community of Jordão. It will be managed by a local foundation with representation of the Huni Kuin. This way, a real protected area for the forest and its inhabitants is being created.
These are the next steps
Together with the Huni Kuin and our partners, the Instituto Yubekã, we will implement the following projects on the land
Establishing a foundation
In order to permanently secure the land from exploitation, it is transferred to a foundation. This is currently in the process of founding. Representatives of Living Gaia e.V., the Instituto Yubekã, and the Huni Kuin will be represented on the board of trustees. In the long term, the Huni Kuin should have full autonomy over the land.
The newly established conservation area is intended to help the flora and fauna in the region recover. The first step is a biodiversity inventory. Based on this, we create a management plan for sustainable use together with the local population, based on the “Reserva Extrativista” model.
In order to keep the area permanently protected from illegal clearing and removal of animals and plants, we will monitor it using satellite data and remote sensing. In addition, the local population will contribute to the monitoring with the help of interactive apps.
Agroforest systems and food security
Guaranteeing local food security is a key priority. A plan for an agroforestry system has already been drawn up. In the next phase, this will be implemented together with the people living in the countryside. In addition, we will encourage the breeding of small animals to protect the endemic species.
800 of the 16.000 hectares of the land are deforested. The still forested area is partly degraded. Reforestation is urgently needed to protect the land from erosion and to preserve biodiversity. Currently, we are reforesting large parts of the former cattle pasture in collaboration with our local partners. Native hardwood species are thereby protected from extinction while fruit trees contribute to increased income and food security of local people.
The Huni Kuin – “the genuine people” – are an Indigenous society in Brazil and Peru. For hundreds of generations, they call the Western Amazon their home. Some still live in voluntary isolation. Their future depends on the protection of the forest. But their habitat is dwindling. They are desperately fighting for its survival. They are fighting for their future and thus for the future of us all.
The entire culture of the Huni Kuin is rooted in the forest. Unimaginable for many of us in the “Western world”, isn’t it? We see nature as a resource to extract from or as a place where we go to spend our holidays. Unlike the Huni Kuin, we don’t feel the daily urgency to protect it. However, our consumption-oriented lifestyle is a direct driver of the exploitation of the Amazon.
The Huni Kuin are not giving up. They are fighting for their existence, for the preservation of their homeland – and thus for the protection of the rainforest. One solution to save themselves and the forest is to put more land under protection that can no longer be plundered. We can support them.