All Eyes on the Amazon supports indigenous people and local communities in their fight against deforestation. The program combines state-of-the-art-technology, like satellites and drones, with local knowledge. We detect and record deforestation, pollution and human rights violations, and try to end them.
Why we should protect the Amazon
Rainforests provide us with oxygen and fresh water, store greenhouse gases and help keep the planet cool. Over 150 million indigenous people worldwide are dependent on the forests where they have lived for centuries. In the Amazon rainforest humans and environment are under pressure as never before. The hunt for natural resources such as timber, oil, minerals and expanding soy plantations for livestock production are an enormous threat to our planet.
Indigenous people and local communities living in the Amazon are the guardians of the forest. They play a crucial role in ending the destruction of the rainforest and protecting it sustainably. But they are also on the frontlines. They face powerful agricultural, mining and logging industries engaged in (illegal) activities on their territories that attack and even kill them.
How we support indigenous communities
Together with indigenous people and local communities, All Eyes on the Amazon gathers information about the destruction of the forest. We analyze satellite images, record deforestation, and detect pollution and rights violations with drones and smartphones. This helps us map the territory as well as store and present the information safely and effectively. We make full use of technological solutions and local knowledge to help defend the interests of indigenous peoples. We also strategically employ all evidence gathered to bring structural change through lobby and awareness campaigns, and law enforcement.
All eyes on the Amazon works in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. In each country we have selected three areas. In total 8 million hectare (80,000 km2) of Amazon rainforest will be protected.