Saving the Amazon

The world cannot stand still, doing nothing, that is why Arbol International's mission is to save the Amazon. It seems utopian, but it is as real as thinking about our children and grandchildren. And not just our family breathing fresh air, but for families in native communities.

There are many people outside, who do not believe that the forest is important for our breathing, for each in each heartbeat.

"The indigenous people have shown that they have the ability to manage resources responsibly," claim the Shipibo, who have lived with the Amazon rainforest for some three thousand years.

Traditionally the Shipibo are semi-nomadic. The current 32,000 members of this indigenous people, who are divided into some 150 communities scattered along the Ucayali and Amazon rivers, between Pucallpa and Iquitos, moved in groups that ranged from a few families to hundreds of them. They came to a place near a river and a lagoon, built their houses, cultivated, hunted and fished for a few years, until the resources were no longer so abundant. Then they moved to another place. They abandoned their houses and their crops, which the immensity of the Amazon jungle was devouring little by little. And start over.

"The indigenous people have shown that they have the responsibility to manage resources in a responsible manner," however they do not have the scope of organizations like Arbol International or others to improve joint work. We all have a responsibility to continue conserving the resources we have, and not just for the community, but for the world.

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