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First Autonomous Nation in the Amazon, Wampis Face Climate Change

Image by Marcio Pimenta. Peru, 2019.

Image by Marcio Pimenta. Peru, 2019.

In Peru, 15,000 Indigenous Wampis have declared autonomy from the central government in order to protect their Amazon territory from invaders looking for gold, oil, and hardwoods. The Wampi nation now has community vigilante committees patrolling the forest to keep out undesireables. 

 

This article was published in the Portuguese Language National Geographic. Read the story in Portuguese here.