Founded in 1989, the Rainforest Association France (AFV) has the privilege to work with many indigenous communities to preserve ancestral lands in the Brazilian Amazon.
We create awareness, raise funds and, above all, implement projects in order to protect the forest and the people who live there.
AFV implements projects in the Indigenous territories of the RIo Xingu region in Brazil.
It includes the Xingu National Park which encompasses 18 tribes on 60,000 km² (23,166 square miles). This national park was created in 1960 by famous Brazilian indigenists Orlando, Cláudio and Leonardo Villas Boas. In 1989, another 120,000 km² (46,332 square miles), a territory almost the size of Greece, were officially declared indigenous territories after AFV, led by chief Raoni with the support of singer Sting, spearheaded a worldwide campaign alongside AFV's founders Jean-Pierre Dutilleux and Bernard Laine, a first of its kind, to alert the world about the dangers of deforestation in the Amazon and the extinction faced by its indigenous populations.
The Kayapo territory is situated on the benks of the Xingu river and its population is estimated to be approximately 5,000 people. The social organization, ritual life and cosmology are rich and complex.
The Xingu National Park
Eighteen tribes inhabit some 80 villages in the TIX, for a total of circa 5,500 people. These ethnic groups have similar social, cultural and economic organizations, shaped by years of interactions and exchanges, even if they do not originally share the same language. (Aweti, Kalapalo, Kamaiura, Kuikuro, Matipu, Mehinako, Nafukua, Naruvotu, Waura and Yawalapiti, Kawaiwete, Ikpen, Yudjja, Trumai, Tapayuna and Kisedje).
The Xingu reservation and its people are threatened by illegal fishing, hunting, logging, fires and agro-chemicals used in neighboring farms.
Complementing governmental services by providing a space and resources for traditional medicine and helping to build national and international partnerships and fundraising networks.
AGROECOLOGY AND REFORESTATION
Diversifying vegetable production and re-forest areas of degraded lands with valuable trees, using and teaching sustainable agriculture practices.
Offering short professional formations on selected themes to respond to increasing demand from young people to get professional training, respond to increasing needs in villages for specific skills.
Focusing on art production, recording, gathering and centralizing Elders' knowledge via a media center, with some activities being dedicated to traditional medicine.
The foundation of the AFV's work is based on the concept of Free and Prior Informed Consent. This concept states that it is up to indigenous communities to determine the outcome of a decision or project that affects them. It is not only the right to be consulted, but a guarantee that the economic, social and cultural rights of the Indigenous people will be protected. This is the basis of the AFV's intervention in the field.
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Afukaka (Kuikuro), Raoni (Kayapos) and Aritana (Yawalapiti)