Amazon Footprints

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An Amazonian villager with a machete sitting in a clearing in the rainforest where he is sustainably extracting wood for his community's use. The Floresta Nacional do Tapajos (FLONA), a 6500 km2 protected reserve, was home to several small communities which lived on the banks of the Rio Tapajos river. The communities did not have electricity or running water and access to the villages was by unpaved dirt roads from Santarem and Highway BR163 but they were protected from illegal logging and deforestation which took place to facilitate cattle ranching and growing soy beans for export.