Amazon Watch

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Synchronicity Earth supported Amazon Watch in 2014 for its work to protect cultural and biological diversity in parts of the Amazon Basin where mega-dams are being proposed.

Amazon Watch’s works to promote human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems. It is enshrined in the belief that indigenous knowledge, cultures and traditional practices contribute greatly to sustainable and equitable stewardship of the Earth.

Amazon Watch focuses on the Amazon Basin, one of the world’s most important ecosystems, and an area where large-scale dam construction is underway. The world’s third largest dam, and one of the most controversial (Belo Monte), is currently being constructed and is set to have massive impacts on freshwater biodiversity and flows, destroying more than 1,500 kilometres of Brazilian rainforest and forcibly displacing tens of thousands of people.

Amazon Watch tries to guide development towards more socially and environmentally sound solutions by highlighting the problems associated with large-scale dams like Belo Monte.

Amazon Watch is starting to focus its attention on as yet untouched areas of the Basin. Synchronicity Earth is eager to learn more about its approach and how it can be applied more broadly to regions facing similar and newer pressures.

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