Where have Survival International been? Yesterday (11 April) they announced that 4000 hectares of forest in the Chaco have been destroyed in territory occupied by Ayoreo Indians.
We have been posting news items and information about the destruction of the Chaco for over two years, and the rate of deforestation is averaging 10,000-15,000 hectares every month.
It's not only the Ayoreo that are affected; the destruction of the Chaco is one of the worst environmental disasters of the 21st century, affecting several indigenous groups, as well as some of the world’s rarest wildlife. The Chaco is one of the world's most fragile habitats , and is being destroyed while the world watches.
The government of Paraguay is fairly impotent, lacking the resources to enforce what little protection there is; the Chaco is a huge area, with hardly any roads, where a 'wild west' mentality still exists among many of the ranch owners. But the biggest threat comes from Brazilians and other outsiders buying up the land, and bulldozing it for cattle ranches. The WLT working with local NGO Guyra Paraguay are among the few groups doing anything. The WLT has helped fund five rangers -- to cover two and a half million acres (1 million hectares), an area the size of East Anglia.
£5000 a year will add another ranger, and every little really does help.
More articles on Indigenous people: http://www.worldlandtrust.org/news/tags/indigenousInformation about World Land Trust's Keepers of the Wild appeal:http://www.worldlandtrust.org/projects/keepers-of-the-wild.htm