Kayapo territory is a vast, biodiverse haven stocked with carbon. This land is not just a place, but an integral part of the Kayapo identity. Defending it from external threats like goldminers, loggers, and poachers is a complex endeavor, undertaken through the collaborative efforts of the Kayapo-NGO alliance.
In the southeastern reaches of the Amazon rainforest, a vast expanse of unspoiled wilderness is protected by the Kayapo people, serving as a vital bastion against deforestation. Their territory represents the final sizable, unaltered portion of native forest in this region, sustaining ecological connectivity with the western Amazon.
The guard posts program supports organization and administration for the Kayapo to monitor and protect much of their 2,200 km (1,375 miles) of border demarcating their protected forested territory from frontier society.
The Kayapo territory is situated within a high-deforestation region, characterized by an expanding network of roads and a notable absence of effective law enforcement. Despite facing escalating threats such as illegal gold mining, logging, commercial fishing, and ranching, the Kayapo have staunchly defended their vast lands.
Celebrate the outstanding Kayapo activists, leaders, and craftsmen who are dedicated to preserving their culture and environment. Explore their inspiring stories and contributions here.