It is undeniable that humans and nature are intimately interconnected. Where there is environmental destruction, humans suffer and when indigenous communities vanish, we lose the guardians of the ecosystem.
We have seen this story repeat itself all over the world, but in the Vale do Javari indigenous reserve of the Brazilian Amazon, we have the opportunity to stop this pattern and change history. Spanning more than 80,000 km2 (an area the size of Austria) in the middle of the Amazon basin, the Vale do Javari is home to more than 3,500 indigenous peoples plus the largest population anywhere on the globe of people living without contact with the outside world.
Stated by IUCN to be “one of the irreplaceable areas of our planet” because it is exceptionally valuable for biodiversity conservation, the Javari is a strong candidate for World Heritage Status. But just outside the borders of the Javari threats loom: destructive gold mining encroaches on it’s western border, the cocaine trail to the south prevails, potential oil exploration threatens while inside the borders continuous illegal logging and fishing by outsiders creates conflict and preventable illnesses devastate entire communities. These threats could determine how the story unfolds. Or, our actions will nurture a better path.
Created by Céline Cousteau through CauseCentric Productions (CCP), Tribes on the Edge is a campaign to support the indigenous people of the Vale do Javari and aid in the continued protection of this land for the benefit of all peoples. Our goals are to educate an international community about the indigenous people and this incredibly biodiverse ecosystem, bring support to entities on the ground working with and on relevant issues, and empower the tribes to govern their own fate.
At the center of this movement is an intimate narrative documentary film. An engagement campaign will include film festivals, conferences, and discussions to involve and motivate the audience. In addition, educational materials will be created for distribution to schools. In partnership with Amazon Watch and supporting Brazilian NGOs, the campaign will create a multi-year advocacy campaign in Brazil to raise awareness and defend indigenous land rights.