Dispatch monitors illegal activity on indigenous lands

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29 June 2016 at 14:05

Dispatch monitors illegal activity on indigenous lands in the Nortão

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Coordinated by the Raoni Institute, a group of indigenous people took place in the period from 27 May to 02 June this year, a territorial and environmental monitoring in indigenous lands, to curb illegal actions of fishermen, miners, and loggers.

The expedition included team that made the waterway monitoring and another that made overflights. This work is dedicated to the preservation and protection of indigenous lands of comprehensiveness of the Raoni Institute, under resource stock donated by Environmental Defense Fund-EDF.

Indigenous lands (TI s) Capoto/Jarina, Menkragnoti, Panará and I.t. (in the process of demarcation) Kapotonhinore, are located in the middle of the “Arc of deforestation”, within the Southeast border region, characterized by high rates of deforestation in Brazil and by violent land conflicts.

Since the border of colonization reached the South of Pará and northern Mato Grosso in the early 80, the Government appears ineffective in their public policy and environmental protection, because every day occur, loss and depredation of natural resources by third parties. The natives, advised by the Raoni Institute, in practice this arduous task to defend and preserve this vast territory, contact with the various partners in this fight.

Despite constant struggle for the preservation of traditional territory, currently, the natives live with increasing anthropocentric pressure around, constantly faced with invasions of his territories by farmers, loggers, miners, fishermen and squatters who continue violating the rights on indigenous territories.

This expedition aims to highlight the unprotected points, degraded or at risk of deforestation of the area of the Institute.

Of Colíder towards indigenous lands

The day may 27, the technical team responsible for the activity, along with the FUNAI Coordinator-Patxon Martinez, moved in the direction Colider, Piaraçu, with the support of the van and the Institute’s boat. After the arrival, mobilized for the team with the natives who would participate of the expedition, as well as the establishment of a joint planning of the activity to be performed.

The team split into 3 boats to facilitate the actions. The beginning of the work was made possible through the displacement of the village Piaraçu to the banks of the river Corgão, in order to ascertain, on the spot, the reports of fishermen in the region..

During the journey was spotted in a small beach, with traces of which had been occupied. To find out the location the team found that it was a recent camp of possible fishermen, but in an indigenous area. The camp was evidence that would have been deactivated soon, still hot and smoke in wood that served as a stove.

On the second day of dispatch, without the presence of invasions during the camp, the team decided to continue the work moving to the banks of a waterfall, near the ancient village Martinez. There were reports of a road that gave access to the river Xingu. After investigation, it was found that this was a road, but very old that was used by a farm before the demarcation. According to the staff, it is important to maintain constant monitoring in the region so that this road will not be reactivated and the access to the river is reused by invaders.

After the photographic records and coordinates of the location, the team continued down the river. After traversing about 50 km, passing through the State Park of Xingu, a fisherman’s camp has been identified, located on the edge of the state park do Xingu with indigenous land, still in the process of approval, Kapotonhinore. Seen the camp, apparently, be booked the team traveled for over 40 km, where a boat was sighted on the left bank of the river Xingu, which makes border with the Mekragnoti indigenous area.

The team approached the boat that was with two people reported being in the State of Espirito Santo. A second vessel was spotted trying to evade the river Fontoura, causing another part of the team shifted in pursuit to the approach. Two more people, who were part of the same group of the Holy Spirit, were addressed.

Due to the time, decided to take the fishermen covered for the village, where they stayed the night over looks the warriors. They spent the night listening to instructions and by morning were released.

Several fishermen were found on indigenous lands

In another accommodation of fishermen, the team found several boxes of fish ready to trade. Then, a little below the lodge, was first spotted the fishermen who were illegally in the River, practicing the Act of fishing. The team, the abordoou, transporting them to the said accommodation so they could talk.

When questioned about the entry and fishing illegally, was that there was a farm and its owner was Redemption and had given consent.

However, were informed that there was an indigenous land margins, being vetoed the presence of fishermen in the River, in accordance with the provisions laid down by law. At the time of approach, were two fishermen of Redemption-PA. After the appropriate information materials were seized.

 

 

Source: Nortão Online Por: Angela Fogaça

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