Hecht travels deep in the Amazon to study little known rainforest settlements

Hecht travels deep in the Amazon to study little known rainforest settlements

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Fri, 04/13/2012 - 8:28pm
A boater on the Amazon, near the Mazagao quilombo, where Hecht visited. Photos by Susanna Hecht.

UCLA political ecologist Susanna Hecht has spent 30 years studying Amazon rainforest settlements or quilombos, making frequent trips to visit these areas where residents have shown her how they farm, fish, hunt and gather in a way that maintains the forest.  While some environmentalists fret that Brazil’s quilombos could thwart efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest  — Hecht argues that the villagers are actually vital caretakers of the forest.

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UCLA political ecologist Susanna Hecht has spent 30 years studying Amazon rainforest settlements or quilombos, making frequent trips to visit these areas where residents have shown her how they farm, fish, hunt and gather in a way that maintains the forest.  While some environmentalists fret that Brazil’s quilombos could thwart efforts to preserve the Amazon rainforest  — Hecht argues that the villagers are actually vital caretakers of the forest.

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A boater on the Amazon, near the Mazagao quilombo, where Hecht visited. Photos by Susanna Hecht.