Brazil: The dangers of rolling back social and environmental safeguards for indigenous and forest peoples during COVID-19
Forest Peoples Programme
Over the last several years, the Brazilian government has rolled back environmental and social protections, threatening ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest and the livelihoods of indigenous peoples and traditional communities. The dismantling of inspection and protection programmes in indigenous territories coupled with political neglect towards the formal demarcation of indigenous lands or the strengthening of public policies to safeguard traditional ways of life has led to social, physical and cultural vulnerability for indigenous peoples. The Amazon region, the main focus area of this report, has also suffered its highest rates of deforestation and fires in recent decades.