Indigenous people are now using technology to help authorities fight the destruction of wild places for illegal resource extraction, and forest clearing.

Using a system called ForestLink developed by Rainforest Foundation UK, members of the Masenawa community documented the presence of an illegal gold mining camp in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. The police then responded by destroying the mining equipment at the camp and arresting five people suspected of participating in illegal mining. The biodiverse Madre de Dios region of the Amazon has been besieged by illegal gold mining, which has caused widespread deforestation. Five people suspected of illegal gold mining in Peru are in custody after indigenous community members used a system called ForestLink to alert authorities to the activity. “Communities are the natural guardians of the Amazon,” Rosa Baca, who works for a Peruvian indigenous group called FENAMAD, said in a statement . “Technologies like ForestLink are helping indigenous peoples to protect the rainforest from illegal mining, even in areas outside their titled lands.” After members of the Masenawa community in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon discovered a mining camp, they documented its presence and sent the evidence by satellite link to FENAMAD — short for Federación Nativa del Rio Madre de Dios y Afluentes. The illegal gold mining camp that the […]

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