FOREST SURVEILLANCE

The Xingu Territory and its people are threatened by illegal fishing, hunting, logging, fires and agro-chemicals used in neighboring farms. According to Cacique Aritana and his son Tapi, border-monitoring is the most urgent issue to address, before education or health. 

There are currently 11 surveillance posts for 900 kilometers of borders, most of them being under-equipped and not fully functional. That is why the Institute proposes a monitoring program that would focus on re-equipping existing border posts, the creation of new posts where gaps have been identified, the introduction of new technologies and a central office located at the Institute. The goals are to reduce response time to threats and provide appropriate support when linking with government services to report such threats.

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The orange dots are deforestated areas on Xingu Region

As a part of the main programs of the AFV, the association plans to create 7 new surveillance posts in partnership with local communities, to equip existing posts with electricity, jeeps, boats, cameras and drones, and to provide training on surveillance procedures.

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The foundation of the AFV's work is based on the concept of 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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FAQ

Why make a donation to the Association pour la Forêt Vierge?

By supporting our association, you help promote the fight against deforestation of the Amazonian forest and support the indigenous communities of the Xingu.

This support allows us to directly finance projects in the Xingu reserve.

 

A 100% secure donation

The AFV website is 100% secure and benefits from HTTPS technology. The banking information necessary to process your donation is completely secure and is not stored on our computer systems. We need your personal information to send your tax receipt and to keep you informed of the use of your donation and the evolution of our campaigns. AFV undertakes not to sell, rent or exchange any personal information. AFV's accounts have been audited and certified by a chartered accounting firm. You can consult our latest financial reports and annual accounts.

 

Tax deductible donation

Making a donation to the AFV entitles you to a tax reduction of 66% of the sums paid, up to a limit of 20% of your taxable income. Beyond this limit, the tax law allows you to carry forward the donations over the next 4 years with the same tax deduction.

The reform of the withholding tax does not change the tax deduction system for your donations. You will receive a tax receipt from the Association. More details.

 

How to benefit from the tax deduction?

To benefit from these tax reductions, you just need to declare the amount of your donations when you file your tax return. We can send you a tax receipt upon request.

In the autumn of the current year, you will receive a refund corresponding to your tax reduction. If you had made donations in the penultimate fiscal year, the tax authorities will pay you a deposit in January of the following fiscal year (60% of the tax reduction you received the previous year).

 

Example

You gave 100 euros to the AFV in 2018, and 100 euros in 2019.

June 2019: you have declared your donations for 2018.

September 2019: you have received your tax notice, including the 66% tax reduction, i.e. 66 euros.

January 15, 2020: the tax authorities pay you as a deposit 60% of the tax reduction you received for your 2018 donations. In this example, you therefore receive 66 x 60% = €39.60.

Spring 2020: you will declare your donations for 2019.

September 2020: your tax reduction is returned to you, minus the advance you received on January 15, 2020, i.e. 66 € - 39.60 € = 26.40 €.

In the end, you will have benefited from a tax deduction of €66 for your 2019 donations (€39.60 + €26.40). If you did not make a donation in 2018, you will receive the full refund in September.

 

How do I receive my tax receipt?

The AFV is an association of general interest. Since January 1, 2005, the law grants our donors a reduction equal to 66% of the amount of their annual donations, up to a limit of 20% of their income. Thus, for a donation of 100€ your tax reduction will be 66€. Your participation is only 34€.

 

Do you support us with a punctual or automatic deduction?

 Your tax receipt will be sent to you on request. If you have moved during the year or changed your email address, please remember to send us your new contact details using our contact form.

 

Would you like a duplicate of a tax receipt?

We will send it to you by email or by post, at your choice, and on simple request using our contact form. The duplicate has the same legal value as the original, and includes a unique tax receipt number identical to the original.

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