StoryMap: Meet the Yudja, Brazil’s Forest Guardians
The Yudja are one of many indigenous groups who call Brazil’s Amazon rainforest home. For decades, they’ve sustainably managed their community forest, relying on it for food, shelter and livelihoods. Yet like many forest communities around the world, the Yudja now face unprecedented threats in the form of new roads, hydroelectric dams, mines and more. What will become of them and the forests they inhabit? The StoryMap below provides an inside look at the Yudja—their culture, their forests and the challenges they face—through interactive maps, photos and more. It also examines community forests globally, including the role they play in protecting biodiversity, preserving livelihoods and curbing climate change. Click on the image below for a multimedia tour of the Yudja and their forests.
VIDEO: Patrol the Leuser Ecosystem with Forest Defenders at HAkA
It’s the last place on Earth where orangutans, Sumatran rhinos and elephants and tigers still roam wild together, and it’s under threat. The Leuser ecosystem in Indonesia is a hotspot for biodiversity and a vital carbon sink, but encroachment from logging and oil palm and rubber plantations is eating away at the forest. Forest, Nature and Environment of Aceh (HAkA), an organization dedicated to protecting the environment in Indonesia’s […]