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Monday, July 1, 2013

Video short documentary "The Surui Carbon Project" Indigenous People in the Amazon Use Google Earth Engine To Protect Their Forest For A Sustainable Future

Watch: " The Surui Carbon Project" 

Watch: "Chief Almir and the Surui tribe of the Amazon" 

A tribe of roughly 1,300 members, first contacted less than 50 years ago, "The Surui Forest Carbon Project" is an initiative led by the Metareilá Association, which works to defend and preserve the autonomy and the cultural and territorial heritage of the Surui people. The project aims to dramatically reduce deforestation and its associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Surui territory, which is under intense deforestation pressure. In 2009, the Surui decided to discontinue logging and forest clearing for low-productivity agriculture. Instead, the Surui seek to generate income from ecosystem services (like carbon stock management), and through new, forest-friendly economic activities.The Surui territory consists of 248,000 hectares straddling the Brazilian states of Rondonia and Mato Grosso, in the “arc of deforestation” sweeping over the Amazon. (quoted from Code Redd article)

 "Since the Surui and other indigenous people were given training tools by Google, our land has received more visibility. All the information is shedding light on the invasion of our land ... and giving our people the responsibility for their own future." 
– Chief Almir - San Francisco Chronicle

Children of The Amazon talks about The Surui Carbon Project

The Rainforest Alliance talks about The Surui Carbon Project

Code Redd talks about The Surui Carbon Project

Fast Company Article