26 December 2013
The decline of the Amazon began in the 1980s and hit its peak in 2004 largely because of the logging industry and the infrastructure behind it. Its spread appeared "unstoppable," according to Nat Geo, until NGO's and environmental groups developed somewhat unorthodox partnerships with indigenous groups.
In a region that shines a near perfect green from satellite images, around 25 tribes comprising over 12,000 people protect their land by law and with help. Some have legal protection, like the Kayapo, but it is poorly enforced. Just as logging companies use that to their advantage, so do organizations sympathetic to the plight of indigenous groups and protective of the environment.
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