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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).  INPE
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.  randomvariableintheuk / flickr, CC BY-NC-SA
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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