The Iwokrama rainforest is one of South America’s most impressive and endearing natural wonders. Spanning over 371,000 hectares of virgin rainforest, it’s one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the world and includes jaguars, otters, anteaters, eagles, caimans and snakes.
It’s also home to the Makushi people, who have lived here for generations.
Now here’s the thing: the Makushi people play a very important role in the Iwokrama’s preservation.
Since the Iwokrama rainforest is not a national park – and therefore not funded by the government – its local residents and researchers must find creative ways to sustainably fund the area.
For example, the Makushi people welcome visitors to their village and share their traditions, ranging from cassava processing, singing, dancing, cultivation of medicinal plants and other aspects of their day to day lives.
And that’s just the beginning.
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