Protecting the future of the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous tribes 

To enable the Kayapo indigenous people to continue protecting almost nine million hectares of their lands from degradation and deforestation and strengthen the capacity of Kayapo non-governmental organisations to oversee territory surveillance and sustainable economic operations. Your donations help build and develop local coalitions working to preserve half of their respective regions. Support our efforts to save half of the natural world.


WHAT IS THE KAYAPO PROJECT ALL ABOUT? 

The Kayapo have only had contact with outside communities since the 1960s, and they are still figuring out how to deal with the new rigours of capitalism. As the development frontier approaches the Kayapo, external assistance assists them in better understanding and dealing with modern culture, as well as empowering them to continue to defend their land from loggers, ranchers, and miners.


The Kayapo Project intends to increase territorial management and control capacity and build sustainable non-timber product firms to provide the funds needed to access the outside goods they have become dependent on.


THE CORE AREAS THAT KAYAPO ORG. IS ADDRESSING

The Kayapo Project is working with the mission in three core areas: 


  • PROTECTING THE LAND 

Since the frontier of settlement and resource extraction began to erupt around their territory 40 years ago, the Kayapo indigenous people of the southeastern Amazon have fought to gain and maintain their land rights. The Kayapo Project assists in strengthening territorial monitoring and surveillance, developing economic advantages, and participation in the decision-making process to secure long-term protection of the Kayapó lands. 


  • DEFORESTATION 

Deforestation threatens Kayapo's traditional way of life, as well as almost half of the world's animal and plant species. Only 2% of Amazonian plants have been investigated, even though they are the source of over 7000 Western medications. The indigenous populations that live there and rely on the forest to sustain their way of life are also at risk when enormous areas of forest are cut away, causing the exposed ground to wilt and die and the habitats of countless species to be destroyed.


  • TACKLING THE LOSS OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS 

Tree cutting may result in the loss of habitat for animal species, causing harm to the environment. According to National Geographic ", 70 per cent of Earth's land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes". 


WHAT IS THE KAYAPO ORGANISATION DOING TO ADDRESS AND SOLVE THE CORE PROBLEMS?


The Kayapo Project is a non-profit that helps the Kayapó tribe save the rainforest from deforestation caused by cattle ranching, illegal mining, and logging. The Kayapó indigenous domains in the southern Amazon have a high level of biodiversity and are large enough to conserve large-scale ecological processes as well as endangered species. This forest, however, would be lost if not for the Kayapó. 


The Kayapo have been able to safeguard about ten million hectares of their contiguous ratified territories through twenty-first-century relationships with non-governmental conservation organisations (NGOs).


To solve the problems, the Kayapo Project has been working towards the project's pillars which are (1) Surveillance Programs, (2) Sustainable Enterprises, and (3) Institutional Strengthening.  


The establishment of resource management and income-generating activities within Kayapo indigenous areas, as well as territorial surveillance and protection, which is critical given the lack of government enforcement, have been vital to success. Loggers, gold miners, and ranchers have increased their unlawful incursions into indigenous territory in Brazil, encouraged by the Bolsonaro government's signal of impunity.


Kayapo NGOs have established the capacity to manage complex programs in just a few years. Local capability for long-term management and protection has grown significantly and will continue to do so in the future. The Kayapo have gotten a far better understanding of the risks they confront and the development possibilities available to them for a long-term future.


WHY WE ARE HELPING THE KAYAPO PROJECT 

In 2014, The founder of Nature’s Antidote, Lilian Buchner, examined the struggle of the Kayapo indigenous people for a month to protect their constitutional rights over the 40 years since the frontier of settlement and resource extraction exploded around their territories in the highly-threatened southeastern Amazon of Brazil. She also had the opportunity to explore the conditions that enable and threaten the Kayapo’s continued success in thwarting deforestation and identified strategies for ongoing protection.  


After discovering their way of living in harmony with nature while relying on ancient healing traditions, Lilian got passionate and curious to study herbal medicine in detail to create Nature’s Antidote. 


Nature's Antidote was inspired by the practices indigenous tribe has made in their community, and by the way, it honours the importance of the earth’s relationship with people. 


5% of all profits are donated to the Kayapo Project since the beginning of Nature's Antidote. She and her team intend to continue doing so. 


HOW to HELP

If you purchase one of our products, 5% of the profits made will go directly to the Kayapo rainforest preservation project. 


Support the Kayapo!

Learn more about the Kayapo Org. https://kayapo.org/

February 07, 2022 — Lilian Buechner