Brazil stops demarcating land for indigenous people: ex-government agency offici
Wed Jan 11, 2017 | 12:08pm EST
Brazil stops demarcating land for indigenous people: ex-government agency official
By Chris Arsenault
RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Facing pressure from agricultural interests, Brazil has stopped formally demarcating land for indigenous communities in a threat to rainforest conservation efforts, according to a former senior government agency official and campaigners.
Brazil’s constitution recognizes the right of indigenous people to live on their ancestral lands and the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), a government body, has been working to demarcate land for tribes, who make up less than 1 percent of the population.
But new lands have not been demarcated for indigenous groups since August amid a push by lawmakers from Brazil’s rural areas to change the process, said former FUNAI president Marcio Santilli in comments echoed by campaigners.MistaP, Enthusiast, glinda and 3 othersPastiche, bbgrunt, ozoneman like this
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