Amazonian locals key to saving the rainforest

According to a recent study, local conservation initiatives are more effective than governments in protecting the world’s largest rainforest.

Researchers analyzed sensing information and official data from 2006 to 2011 to compare government-run areas of the rainforest to land protected by local communities and indigenous groups. Results showed that those managed by locals fared better than government- administered land.

Judith Schleicher, the study’s lead author says, “Local conservation initiatives deserve more political, financial and legal support than they currently receive.”

You can read more about this study and the effects of deforestation in Peru here.