Amazon burning: how indigenous tribes use fire to help the rainforest

Fires are used sustainably across the Amazon for things such as forest farming and cultural practices. Image: REUTERS/Gregg Newton

Jayalaxshmi Mistry

Professor of Environmental Geography, Royal Holloway


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August 2019 fire monitoring data for the Indigenous territory of Capoto Jarina (where the tortoise example comes from). Fires within the Indigenous territory (centre-right) occurred in savanna areas (top of image) that have not affected the forest, whereas fires outside the territory are a result of deforested lands (light coloured areas with sharp edges). Image: INPE
Pemón people live in south-east Venezuela, and parts of Brazil and Guyana. They are not pyromaniacs. Image: randomvariableintheuk / flickr, CC BY-NC-SA

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