Working with indigenous Yawanawa people in Brazil

Rainforest Concern protect threatened natural habitats, particularly rainforests and the biodiversity they contain, together with the indigenous people who still depend on them for their survival. To this end they purchase, lease and manage, for protection, threatened native forest with exceptional bio diversity.under threat from encroachment by developers and agri-business the Yawanawa people (a remote indigenous forest community in central Brazil) are seeking help to protect their rainforest environment and traditional lifestyle.

Restore Our Planet has contributed to Rainforest Concern’s work in the area. RFC have formed partnership with 670 members of the Yawanawan people so that they themselves can work effectively as guardians of their 240,000 acres of primary rainforest. RFC are trying to strengthen the local community’s sense of identity encouraging the use of the Yawanawa language in the village schools, by producing books in the language for the first time, and by incorporating Yawanawa history into the curriculum.

In supporting these tribal people, their land ownership and lifestyle RFC will effectively limit any alternative activities in the area such as logging and cattle farming.

Protecting Quilombola Forests in the Brazilian Amazon

Protecting Quilombola Forests in the Brazilian Amazon forms a part of the `In Their Lifetime` appeal established in 2009. This is a pioneering appeal that enables Christian Aid to try out new approaches to fighting poverty and scale up the ideas that work best.

It`s about bringing together philanthropists, technical experts and grassroots organisations to find radical new solutions to entrenched, complex problems. The overall objective of this project is to protect 1,019,768 hectares of tropical rainforest which is both the home and source of survival for some 2,000 Quilombola families in the northern State of Para, Brazil.

This can be achieved by building the knowledge and capacity of the forest-dependent Quilombola communities to defend and protect their territory from activities such as illegal logging and mining. Also by sensitizing state stakeholders and wider Brazilian society about the need for public policies and measures to protect the rainforests and the crucial role the Quilombola can play.

Restore Our Planet is pleased to support this innovative project.