Team Members

Amondawa in Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau Indigenous Land

From Spring 2024 a second team of AmazoniAlerta Environmental Agents composed of members of the Amondawa community will operate in the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau Indigenous land, in the state of Rondônia, monitoring vulnerable territories and gathering evidence of land violations and illegal deforestation.

The territory is situated at the western limit of the so-called ‘Arc of Deforestation’ that describes the advancing front line of agricultural-led deforestation of the Amazon. Rondônia has lost 24% of its primary rainforest in the last two decades.

Currently made up of a population of around 150 people, the Amondawa have occupied a single village located in the center of the Uru-eu-wau-wau Indigenous Land.

They first came into contact with external society in 1983. Since then the Amondawa have been collaborating with FUNAI to monitor their territory, with a focus on protecting the still uncontacted people who live there. They have over four decades of experience of collaborating with governmental agencies and NGOs in territorial monitoring, in addition to their entire repertoire of traditional knowledge regarding the forest and the territory.

This new collaboration with AmazoniAlerta aims to achieve increasing agency for the Amondawa community within local, national and international legal systems in an effort to mitigate and stop illegal invasions of their land and combat deforestation.

The team is funded by the Rainforest Fund.