Afro-Brazilians Must Be Included in the Quest for Amazon Sustainability

By Elza Fátima Rodrigues

The Amazon's Black community, one of Brazil’s largest, faces numerous challenges.

This article is part of AQ’s special report on sustainable development of the Amazon | Ler em português BELÉM, Brazil – For decades, the Brazilian Amazon looked to external observers like an area with enormous economic potential, a wealth of biodiversity and no people. This “unpopulated” Amazon could be occupied and developed — even after acknowledging the presence of “a few” indigenous people. To transform this distorted vision, the peoples of the forest have had to organize determinedly. They have fought to affirm the region’s human diversity as well...

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