The sixth and final installment in the 2019 Summer Teleconference Series on territorial disputes, featuring the Amazon rainforest.
The Amazon is earth’s largest remaining tropical rainforest and home to at least 10 percent of the world’s known biodiversity. This rainforest is also home to roughly 400 indigenous tribes spread across six countries including Brazil, Peru, and Colombia. Farmers, landowners, developers, and even governments have often been at odds with these indigenous groups, as well as scientists and environmentalists, over the Amazon’s protected areas. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has praised and promoted further development of the Amazon. Meanwhile, in July 2019, the Waorani tribe won a historic appeal in an Ecuadorian court to prevent the government from selling Amazon land to oil companies.
What are the political, economic, and environmental stakes of the Amazon’s continued deforestation? What groups have been the winners and losers of territorial disputes over the Amazon, and is that power dynamic set to change in the future?