Dec 19, 2017

From foes to allies

It is an example of a new alliance that is being forged, as land comes under increasing pressure from outsiders. They became an agro-extractive settlement, which allows them under Brazilian law to exploit the forest in an ecologically friendly way but prevents them from selling their collectively owned land. Incra, the federal agency with responsibility over land reform which administers their settlement, failed to respond to their repeated requests for it to mark out their land. Since Michel Temer took over the presidency in March 2016, there has been a flurry of initiatives to weaken environmental protection, halt the demarcation of indigenous land and facilitate big projects in the Amazon. Faced with these new threats, old enemies in the Amazon forest are working together.

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