In pictures: standing with the guardians of the forest

It’s the International Day of Forests today — an opportunity to shine the light on one of the world’s largest rainforests, the Amazon. Not only does the Amazon play a crucial role in regulating the world’s climate, it is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet and home to Indigenous Peoples. But all of this could be lost due to the destructive illegal logging and cattle ranching industries. The pictures below show the beauty of the Amazon as well as the effects of deforestation on Indigenous Peoples like the Karipuna, who depend on the forest.

The Rio Negro, Serra de Araca, Brazil.
A Black Spider Monkey, seen here, is part of the diverse wildlife living inside Cristalino State Park.
Toucans sit on a tree in Mato Grosso do Sul, Bonito, Brazil.
A Saimiri monkey pictured in the Amazon.
Left: Panorama, the village of the Karipuna indigenous people, is located at the margins of the Jaci Paraná River, Northeast of their territory. Right: Since 2015, the destruction of the Karipuna territory has grown in a frightening and uncontrollable way, which puts the life of the people at risk.
The tree marking indicates the division of lots within the indigenous territory and shows that invaders are illegally selling forest areas of the Karipuna people.
A Karipuna boy dives in the Jacy-Paraná river near the Panorama village. Ratified in 1998, the Karipuna Indigenous Territory (IT) is 152,930 ha in size and suffers from constant invasions of illegal loggers.
Due to the lack of protection of the area, the invaders even set up camps inside the Karipuna territory to illegally harvest wood.

The Karipuna Indigenous Land, located in the municipalities of Nova Mamoré and Porto Velho, in Rondônia state, has been rapidly destroyed by the ostensive invasion of loggers and grileiros (land grabbers).

Left: A cattle ranch in the Marabá municipaly, is photographed in the southern Pará state. Cattle ranching is now the biggest cause of deforestation in the Amazon. Right: An area inside the Karipuna reserve set on fire for logging by illegal loggers.
Children sit inside a house at the Panorama village. Today the Karipuna territory is facing one of the highest rates of deforestation of all indigenous areas in the Amazon.
Left: Kleber Karipuna, from Brazil’s Indigenous People Articulation, pictured during the #Resist Protest in Brazil in 2017. Right: Adriano Karipuna, a leader of an Indigenous community in the Brazilian state of Rondônia with only 58 members remaining, has travelled to New York and attends the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFI) in 2018.
Ara parrots fly in Mato Grosso do Sul, Bonito, Brazil.
Blue fungus is photographed in the Amazon Rainforest, Rio Negro, Serra de Araca, Brazil.
A toucan is pictured in the Mato Grosso do Sul, Bonito,Brazil.

Angela Glienicke, Picture Editor at Greenpeace UK