Strengthening Protection of Kayapo Indigenous Lands in The Brazilian Amazon

Spanning 280,000 square kilometers, indigenous lands and other protected areas of the Xingu river basin in Brazil form a contiguous block of intact primary forest the size of Ecuador. Known as the Xingu Protected Areas Corridor (Xingu PAs) more than 20 indigenous cultures inhabit the forests of the Xingu. 

The Kayapo indigenous people control the largest protected area in the Xingu that spans 11 million hectares (110,000 km2). 

LDF’s support of the Wild Foundation will help increase the capacity for the Kayapo to monitor and defend their lands from illegal activity (logging, goldmining, illegal fishing, encroachment) in order to protect the ecological integrity of the primary forests on which Kayapo culture is based and thereby safeguard global ecosystem services including biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation.

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