Legal Recognition of Indigenous Territories supports climate balance in the Brazilian Amazon

23 de novembro de 2016

nov 23, 2016

Alicia Barceinas Cruz, Ariane de Almeida Rodrigues, Márcia Nunes Macedo, Paulo Moutinho, Divino Vicente Silvério, Ludmila Rattis, Isabel de Castro, Raíssa Guerra

Indigenous Lands (ILs) in the Brazilian Amazon effectively inhibit deforestation (1, 2, 3), preserving cultural and natural resources, as well as ecosystem services. Combined with protected areas (PAs), IL creation is largely responsible for Brazil’s successful trajectory in reducing deforestation (4, 5). Yet, these benefits are not guaranteed until ILs achieve legal recognition, which is necessary to empower indigenous peoples and hinder illegal activities.


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