Amazon Tour: Find Out About the Region from Crew Members Aboard the Amazon Guardian

Feature story - February 1, 2000
In February 2001, Guardian embarked on a four-month tour through the various rivers of the Amazonas and Para States to denounce illegal logging in this Amazon region. "The Amazon Guardian will broaden our capability to investigate and collect data about the Amazon reality." said Paulo Adario, Greenpeace's Amazon campaigner in Manaus.

In February 2001, the Guardian embarked on a four-month tour through the various rivers of the Amazonas and Para States to denounce illegal logging in this Amazon region. "The Amazon Guardian will broaden our capability to investigate and collect data about the Amazon reality." said Paulo Adario, Greenpeace's Amazon campaigner in Manaus.

Last year, Greenpeace announced that the protection of the Amazon is the global priority for the organization. A permanent base has been installed in Manaus and field expeditions to document and expose the forest's destruction have been carried out in the field. "The information we gather during the next four months will be available to Brazilian authorities so the appropriate measures can be taken to stop illegal and destructive logging in the region," said Paulo Adario.

"The Amazon Guardian will enable us to go deep into the Amazon forest to expose illegal logging practices and highlight potential solutions for the environmental problems of the region," noted Roberto Kishinami, executive director of Greenpeace Brazil.

Almost 80 percent of logging in the the Amazon is illegal. Currently Greenpeace is working with indigenous communities and local groups to help find a way of maintaining the delicate ecological balance of the Amazon. A major part of Greenpeace's campaign involved finding economic solutions that will offer alternative forms of employment and opportunities for people in the region to make a living from the forest without destroying it. This includes extraction of non-timber forest products, eco-tourism, and ecologically sustainable logging.

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