Feb 22, 2022

Deforestation threat to Amazon indigenous areas if protected status changed - report

Areas of Amazon rainforest with a combined area the size of England could be threatened by new mining and deforestation, a new report claims. "We are looking at deforestation in some of the most pristine areas of the Amazon. It will be a tragedy if mining on indigenous lands goes ahead," researcher Rosana Miranda, who wrote the report for NGO Amazon Watch, told BBC News."Are we willing to give up incredibly rich biodiversity and cultural diversity just to extract more gold and copper for international shareholders?" she added. Anglo American told BBC News that it made applications to mine on indigenous lands but withdrew them "Several years ago". Vale commented: "Last year, the company announced the relinquishment of all its mining rights in Indigenous Land in Brazil." Amazon Watch found that the global financial organisations Capital Group and BlackRock hold stakes worth $13.2bn in companies attempting to mine indigenous lands.

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