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Nestled deep in the Brazilian Amazon along the Peruvian border, the state of Acre contains about 15 million hectares of land – most of which remains pristine virgin rainforest. It’s also home to thousands of indigenous people, who serve an invaluable role as stewards of the Amazonian rainforest, or the “Earth’s Lungs.” Supporting these communities is essential if we are to keep forests standing in places like Acre and, in turn, move closer to both preserving their cultural heritage and achieving global biodiversity and climate goals.

A year ago, Forest Trends’ Communities Initiative worked with the Yawanawa people, a group of about 1,250 living in nine villages spread across a vast 187,000 ha forest territory, to publish a landmark document, the Yawanawa Life Plan. It both recounts their history and lays out a vision for governing their homeland that promotes conservation and community well-being and strengthens their culture.

Coming together to create and publish this Life Plan was a huge milestone for the Yawanawa and their partnership with Forest Trends, but the next step is much harder: putting that plan into action. With your help, we can work together  to effectively implement this vision.


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