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Stars in the Amazon

Written by Rane Cortez on . Posted in Learn

Sunset where the Xingu and Fresco Rivers meet.

In her 7th post from the front lines of Amazon deforestation, Rane Cortez witnesses a landmark moment for São Felix when indigenous groups join together with government agencies to achieve zero illegal deforestation.

Chocolate: A Sweet Solution to Tropical Deforestation?

Written by Rane Cortez on . Posted in Learn

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When I think about chocolate, in addition to thinking about brownies, I think about saving rainforests and fighting carbon pollution. This week I sat down to talk with leaders of a local agricultural cooperative in São Felix do Xingu, here in the Brazilian Amazon, that helps its members plant cacao – the fruit that eventually becomes the delicious treat we all crave.

Can Safe Sex Help Protect Forests?

Written by Rane Cortez on . Posted in Learn

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At Natex, apparently, they’re not just churning out “rubbers” and providing decent livings for local people, they’re helping to save the forests too.

“Welcome to the only factory in the world that makes condoms using natural latex,” proudly states the hair-netted young woman as she begins our tour. “We currently make 100 million condoms a year, but we plan to double that beginning next year.” Clearly, business is booming for Natex, a condom factory in the small town of Xapuri (sha-pu-ree) in the state of Acre, Brazil.

Will Future Ranchers Celebrate the Story of a Sacred Tree?

Written by Rane Cortez on . Posted in Learn

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Our pilot program in the municipality of São Félix do Xingu will provide an example to the state of Pará and to Brazil for how to count the carbon that is stored in the trees, generate revenue through payments for reducing carbon pollution, and create participatory processes to direct that revenue to places where it will have the most impact. If we are successful, perhaps future generations will have a parade, like the bumba-meu-boi parade, that celebrates the story of a rancher’s prized tree — standing tall in the Amazon — that was once cut down but later restored.

An Amazon Forest Adventure, Part III: ‘The Trees are for Our Grandchildren’

Written by Rane Cortez on . Posted in Learn

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This blog entry is the final entry in a three-part series by Rane Cortez, a forest carbon development adviser at The Nature Conservancy. The series highlights Rane’s recent 10-day trip into São Félix do Xingu, a large municipality in the heart of the Amazon in northern Brazil. She is working with local communities and experts […]

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