CONSERVING FORESTS AND BIODIVERSITY THROUGH FIRE MANAGEMENT
The Xavante Maraiwatsede warriors prepare for a different kind of fight: collaborate to combat illegal burning in the fire vulnerable Amazon region.
For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Brazil is working with the United States to conserve its biodiversity through forest fire management and firefighting
With USAID support, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Brazil'sAliança da Terra (Earth Alliance), a organization, from the state of Mato Grosso, provided collaborative training sessions in March and April of 2013in the states of Mato Grosso and Goias to standardize instruction on fire management and prevention. The sessions trained over 80 participants from the Kamayura, Waura, Yuwalapiti, Kalapalo, Matipu, Nafukua, Veha, Kuikuro, and Aweti tribes as well as students, settlers, ranchers, occupational health and safety workers, and members from local/federal fire organizations: Fire Brigade and Prevfog/IBAMA, respectively
In June 2013, the USFS hosted fire experts and decision makers from Prevfogo/IBAMA, Aliança da Terra, and the environmental protection agency of Mato Grosso state to visit the United States and learn how numerous American agencies coordinate fire prevention and firefighting across many types of public lands.