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    Electricity line raises fears for Amazon wildlife


    2014 - 06.24

    Environmental groups are raising concerns about the effects a power line running through the Brazilian Amazon will have on the rainforest’s wildlife.

    The Tucuruí-Macapá-Manaus power line is being built to bring a reliable supply of electricity to isolated communities in northern Brazil. But the line is creating a 70-metre wide trail through the rainforest, including the Adolfo Ducke Forest Reserve near Manaus.

    The reserve, run by the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA), is considered one of the major research sites in the rainforest and studies in the area are responsible for much of the current knowledge about the rainforest’s ecosystem.

    Rainforest disturbance expert, William Laurance, from Australia’s James Cook University, said the 70-metre clearance zone below the line is set to cause major problems.

    He told the New Scientist: “The problem is not the line itself, it’s the zone cleared underneath.This may not sound much but for many rainforest animals, that’s an unbridgeable space.”

    INPA scientists are now preparing a petition to show their concerns about the clearance through the reserve and its potential effects on wildlife. They say that requests to re-route the line away from the reserve have been refused by the government’s utility company.

    Greenwood Management is committed to the preservation of the rainforest and the protection of the Amazon’s unique ecosystem.

    Amazon campaigner highlights issues in run-up to World Cup


    2014 - 06.04

    A rainforest campaigner is using the publicity around the World Cup in Brazil to highlight the destruction of the rainforest and raise awareness of the threat to people who rely on the Amazon for their livelihood.

    Indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire, from the Kayapo tribe, will visit the UK, France, Belgium, Norway and Monaco in the run-up to the football tournament. Famous for his feathered headdress, Metuktire first became internationally known 25 years ago after taking his campaign on the road with singer Sting.

    The current campaign is being backed by the environmental group Planet Amazon and Metuktire will meet government representatives and youth groups during the tour. He will highlight problems caused by the high number of hydroelectric dams currently being planned for the Amazon, such as the massive Belo Monte dam being built in the state of Para.

    Planet Amazon president, Gert-Peter Bruch, told Digital Journal: “The idea is to hold European and Brazilian leaders accountable during the World Cup. Going to Europe is important because they have always listened to Raoni there, and there are European companies involved in the Amazon.”

    Greenwood Management is among the companies operating sustainably in Brazil to ensure its work preserves the Amazon rainforest.