Indigenous lands in the Amazon under increasing threat

Published on
January 13, 2022

The impact of deforestation and wildfires on indigenous peoples living in the Amazon rain forest, have recently been quantified in a study of Judith Verstegen and Brazilian colleagues. The study is highlighted in In-depth
Science of Wageningen Resource.

Almost three-quarters of the Amazon in Brazil has been increasingly exposed to threats over the past two decades. This is the conclusion drawn by a team of researchers led by Judith Verstegen.

News media frequently report on deforestation and wildfires in the Amazon rain forest. That these events would impact the habitat of indigenous peoples living in the forest comes as no surprise, but the degree to which they were affected has not yet been quantified. Assistant professor Judith Verstegen (Geo-information Sciences and Remote Sensing) collaborated with Brazilian researchers to quantify the effect. They published their findings in the Environmental Science and Policy journal.