The funds we collect now go towards our efforts to protect the rainforests. We collaborate with 14 local organizations in Brazil to maintain and strengthen our activities there to save the Amazon rainforest. We support everything from monitoring and protecting rainforest areas, legal and political work to strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples and to protect rainforests, fire watch and fire patrols and training and equipping fire brigades among indigenous peoples affected by fires, among other places in the Xingu Territory.
These are some specific examples of what we do in Brazil:
- We support the replanting of natural forests through so-called seed networks where indigenous peoples and forest people are paid by Brazilian farmers to sow seeds and replant forests.
- We support fire watch and fire patrols, and the training and equipping of fire brigades among indigenous peoples affected by fires, such as in the Xingu territory.
- We support work to stop logging and mining licenses, road projects and other activities that cause deforestation.
- We support a new monitoring system in Xingu to detect deforestation via satellite imagery and pass this information on to the environmental authorities.
- We help the organizations working to preserve the rainforest gain access to legal help to stop attacks on the Constitution.
- We support security measures for those who are on the frontline to save the forest, including safer facilities to work from, security training and safehouses when needed.
- We support political efforts in Brazil, both locally and regionally, to implement plans to protect the forest.
- We fund programs that aim to give Brazilian environmentalists a greater voice in international political processes. Among other things, we currently organize a major gathering in Brasília with environmental, human rights and indigenous organizations on how to use and succeed in the UN system.
- We support efforts to develop new business models for cattle farming that allow grazing animals to use already established pasture more efficiently rather than expanding in to forested areas.
- We support 14 environmental, human rights, indigenous and forestry organizations in Brazil in their day-to-day operations through contributions to wages and work facilities.
- We support campaigns, podcasts and other communications efforts by environmental and rights organizations in Brazil.
- The conditions for independent journalism have deteriorated, and we support independent journalists who cover deforestation in Brazil and internationally.
- We support efforts on developing good up-to-date maps of what is happening in the Amazon.
- We support indigenous peoples and forest people who have been granted rights to live in the rainforest by making good management plans, in order to preserve the forest.
- We support projects to develop economic alternatives to logging, such as various small-scale agricultural projects that can become a way of life for people without having to deforest.
- We help indigenous peoples and forest people to be prepared and to have strong resources available when the authorities try persuading them to give up the forest. In addition to supporting our 14 partners in Brazil, we also do our own political influence work – focusing on influencing business and international political processes, such as the Convention on Biological Diversity to be adopted next year in China, the trade agreements between EU and South American countries in Mercosur and other EU policies. We are going to step up this work, while at the same time keeping up our efforts to find more ways to help stop deforestation in Brazil.