Amazon Vision Report

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The Amazon basin is home to the world’s largest tropical rainforest, a vast area larger than the contiguous United States. This dense tropical region contains multiple unique ecosystems, which provide essential benefits such as water filtration, carbon sequestration, and global climate regulation. More than 30 million people call the region home, including approximately 1.6 million Indigenous Peoples, whose lives and livelihoods are interconnected with the rainforest. For generations, they have stewarded the region’s natural resources. Internal and external forces increasingly place pressure on the Amazon’s resources, landscapes, biodiversity, and peoples, and the world is running out of time to ensure its survival.

A healthy Amazon benefits everyone on the planet, especially those who live and work in the region. But the region faces serious threats: over the last four decades carbon uptake, biodiversity, and ecosystem productivity have declined. Climate change; expansion of human settlements; unsustainable energy and agricultural development; mineral extraction; and criminal activities such as farming illicit crops, illegal logging, gold mining, and land trafficking increasingly threaten the region’s forests. The Amazon’s remarkable biodiversity—accounting for about one-third of all known plant, animal, and insect species—is also under threat.1 Alarmingly, parts of the Amazon rainforest have transitioned from carbon sinks to carbon sources and are now emitting more carbon than they sequester.2 Scientists fear the deforestation of the Amazon will lead to catastrophic effects elsewhere on the planet that would be impossible to reverse.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 3:45pm

Last updated: November 10, 2022