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Amazon indigenous groups learn how to fight fire

2015年 10月 10日 星期六 - 01:44

A local NGO trains members of indigenous groups in Brazil's Xingu National Park how to protect the Amazon forest they rely on. Gavino Garay reports.

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They're fighting fire with the power of the knowledge they're gaining from firefighting NGO Alianca Brigade A myriad of indigenous groups from Brazil's Xingu National park were invited to take part in the training aimed at providing them with the basic skills necessary to fight wildfires. But this is about more than firefighting. They're learning how to protect the rainforest they call home and to hunt and cultivate without causing excessive harm to the Amazon. Firefighter Osmano Melquiades Dos Santos says the tribes are no stranger to using fire. He says teaching them to use it resourcefully in order to not spark larger brush fires is key to conservation. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) FIREFIGHTER, OSMANO MELQUIADES DOS SANTOS, SAYING: "Using fire is part of their culture, to burn fields or for hunting. So we are giving them this fire prevention and combat training in the villages so they can use fire in a controlled manner. Burning the fields… to clear the fields, to clean it up, and then set it on fire." Guga Kalapalo is a student in training, and a member of the local indigenous community, who says he's gained a lot from the preservation part of the course. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) FIRE SAFETY STUDENT AND MEMBER OF THE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY, GUGA KALAPALO, SAYING: "You always have to take care of the forest because it is full of medicinal roots. So the forest can't burn. We always have to be alert and looking to see where the fire is going to avoid fires." The hope is that the 32-hour course will provide students the tools to bring what they learn home to protect their indigenous communities, and the rainforest they depend on.

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Amazon indigenous groups learn how to fight fire

2015年 10月 10日 星期六 - 01:44