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This project supports the Guarani people and their representative organisation to consolidate their rights and protect their territory against the degradation of the biome, essential for the existence of these people.
The Guarani are the largest group of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America. Many Guarani communities live in untitled lands or on small camps alongside highways. Their territories lie in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, where only 7% of its forests remain intact.
The Atlantic Forest is a vital landscape and is considered to be a priority for environmental conservation. It has about 5% of the world’s biodiversity and the waterways directly provide water to around 67% of the Brazilian population.
Data shows that the remaining forest cover is thanks to the custodianship of the Guarani. In fact, vegetation cover is almost 100% on legally recognised Guarani lands. This proves that Indigenous Peoples are the best guardians of the world’s forests.
However, the widespread prevalence of soy farming on traditional Guarani territory is causing high levels of deforestation and putting their lives and livelihoods at risk. In addition, depleted soils from over-farming by non-Indigenous people, increasingly erratic weather patterns, the Guarani’s health, food security and their ability to uphold traditional Indigenous practises are all highly threatened.
These issues have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is having a devastating impact in Brazil, especially for Indigenous Peoples.
Comissão Guarani Yvyrupa (CGY) are an autonomous indigenous organisation. Their mission is to defend the territorial rights of the Guarani people, improve food security, and strengthen traditional practices. Their work is guided by the Guarani Life Plan and cultural traditions and practices.
Synchronicity Earth is a UK-based charity specialising in channelling support to grassroots organisations in a safe, efficient and flexible way. Synchronicity Earth’s experienced staff work closely with CGY to raise and manage funding to support its work.
To protect its forest and territorial rights, CGY is strengthening their legal capacity to support the Guarani people in obtaining land titles and regaining legal access to their lands.
A vital aspect of the project is strengthening women’s role and participation in political decision-making. Women play a crucial role in promoting traditional and regenerative farming practices and sharing traditional knowledge such as the use of plant medicines, food, sacred songs, and seed exchanges.
With a strengthened Guarani cultural integrity strengthened; a cohesive vision for the future; with all facets of the community involved in decision-making, and with a strengthened legal capacity, the Guarani have the best chances of their land rights being recognised.
Comissão Guarani Yvyrupa (CGY) are an autonomous indigenous organisation. Their mission is to defend the territorial rights of the Guarani people, improve food security, and strengthen traditional practices.Learn more
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