27 August 2020 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


Bleak milestone: 500 major fires detected in Brazilian Amazon this year
Mongabay, 26 Aug 2020

The number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon has risen dramatically in recent weeks and now achieved a bleak milestone: more than 500 major, largely illegal, fires have been detected in the region since the end of May. A total of 516 fires covering 376,416 hectares (912,863 acres) — an area nearly 5 times the land area of New York City — were detected between May 28 and August 25. Over half of these fires occurred in just the past two weeks, according to satellite data analysis by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP).

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Brazil: Amazon Fires Affect Health of Thousands
Human Rights Watch, 26 Aug 2020

(Brasilia) – Fires resulting from unchecked deforestation are poisoning the air millions of people breathe, affecting health throughout the Brazilian Amazon, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), the Institute for Health Policy Studies (IEPS), and Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Fires and deforestation in the Amazon increased dramatically during 2019,

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Lives of indigenous people living in the burning Amazon must be top priority at G7 summit, says MRG
ReliefWeb, 23 Aug 2020

 As the world responds with outrage and calls for action to address the record number of fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, the lives of one million indigenous people living in the rainforest must remain the top priority, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG). ‘Many are calling this an emergency for the planet, and they are right, but it is, most immediately a human rights emergency for the one million indigenous people who have lived sustainably on these lands since time immemorial,’ says Joshua Castellino, Executive Director of MRG.

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Amazon ‘women warriors’ show gender equality, forest conservation go hand in hand
Mongabay, 21 Aug 2020

Recognition of the role that Indigenous land plays in forest protection, biodiversity conservation and environmental health has been growing, but less attention has been paid to the role of women.An increasing body of research and experts are calling for a greater recognition of the link between gender equality and environmental protection. Examples like the Guajajara “women warriors” in the Brazilian Amazon show how greater inclusion of women can benefit conservation goals.

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