IRIRI AND XINGU River GUARD POSTS
100% of YOUR DONATIONS WILL SUPPORT OPERATING COSTS OF TWO Kayapo BORDER POSTS in 2021
American and Canadian donations are eligible for tax receipt .
large scale rainforest protection by an amazonian indigenous people: The kayapo
The Kayapo of Brazil protect what is likely the largest single tract of tropical forest in the world. They are the keepers of incalculable stores of plant and animal diversity, and carbon; all of which would be incinerated if the Kayapo were not undertaking surveillance of their territory. In an era of intensifying threat from illegal gold-mining, logging, and ranching and with no government enforcement, the Kayapo are on their own to defend the integrity of 1,250 miles (2,000km) of border of their officially ratified territories in the lawless southeastern Amazon.
protecting the xingu and iriri wilderness watersheds
The objective of this campaign is to support the 2021 operation of two Kayapo border guard posts that control access to the Xingu and Iriri rivers in Kayapo territory and, therefore, are responsible for preserving the pristine rainforest and riverine ecology along more than 160 miles (200km) of the Xingu river and 190 miles (300 km) of the Iriri river. Guard post operating expenses supported by your donation include; equipment (boats and motors, radios, solar power), fuel, camp infrastructure, food and supplies, logistics administration and guard salaries.
empowering kayapo communities for territorial protection
Kayapo from Iriri and Xingu villages man the guard posts. Guard teams rotate weekly in order to equalize opportunity for this sought after work. Guard posts signal to outside frontier society that the Kayapo are organized to defend their territory which deters invasion by goldminers, loggers, fishermen and ranchers.