01 | Context

The Last Guardians of the Brazilian Amazon

The International Conservation Fund of Canada (ICFC) works to support the Kayapó indigenous peoples who protect 11-million hectares of their traditional lands from deforestation, and external factors pressuring their boundaries.

Kayapó lands are in a region of rapid deforestation—an agricultural frontier with increasing road access and minimal law enforcement. And, while the Kayapó have fiercely protected their vast territory for decades, they face increased pressure from illegal incursions for gold-mining, logging, commercial fishing, ranching, and other agriculture.

Keywords: Amazon; Brazil; deforestation; Indigenous peoples; International Conservation Fund of Canada; Kayapó; territory; oil and gas

02 | Photography