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Amazon leads with deaths of environmentalists and defenders of the environment, says report

The Amazon was the place where the largest number of environmentalists and environmental defenders died in 2022. The information is from the survey carried out by the organization Global Witness.

In 2022, 177 people were killed for defending the land, the environment and traditional communities. The data is global, but it showed that the Amazon is the most dangerous place – it accumulated 39 (22%) of these.

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For every five deaths, one was in the Amazon rainforest. Since 2014, at least 296 environmental defenders have been killed in the region.

The report recalled that 2022 also saw the emblematic murders of indigenist Bruno Pereira and British journalist Dom Phillips, which took place on July 5 last year.

Between 2012 and 2022, Global Witness accumulated a total of 1,910 deaths.

Although the Amazon region leads, the focus is on Colombia. According to the study, this is the deadliest country: 60 deaths out of 177 in 2022 were registered in the country. That is, 33.9% of the total. Since the beginning of the historical series, in 2012, 382 deaths have been recorded in Colombia.

Overall, Latin America was the deadliest region for environmental defenders in 2022 – at 88% of the total. The report also highlights Brazil, with 34 deaths, and Mexico, with 31.

Global Witness also reinforced the danger faced by indigenous communities. About 34% of the 177 deaths in 2022 were community members, despite communities, according to the organization, representing about 5% of the world’s population.

Source: CNN Brasil

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