The Important Role of Indigenous Peoples to the Future of the Amazon
The leader of his Indigenous village, Jekupe, claims that bees are extremely sensitive. "They act as
a kind of woodland thermometer. If they vanish, you know something is amiss.
One of the six communities that comprise the Jaragud Indigenous Territory is Yvy Por.
Native bee numbers have decreased along with the forest. And without the pollination they offer,
the remaining forest has struggled to live in places like Yvy Pord.
It is surrounded by working-class communities' concrete and is only 12 miles northwest of
downtown Sao Paulo. Although it is only a small portion of a much bigger forest, Brazil's Atlantic
Forest spans almost 35,000 square miles, more than 1,800 miles of the Atlantic Coast, 17
Brazilian states, and a small portion of Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
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