GPS supported community-based forest crime prevention in the Brazilian Amazon

Article in Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade

This article, written by Tim Boekhout van Solinge, tells the story of how Forest Forces came to be. In 2014, Tim initiated a research project with indigenous tribes in the Brazilian Amazon to investigate the effectivity of GPS-camera’s. This project showed how the camera’s helped a tribe to expel several logging companies from their territory. Therefore, the GPS-camera’s can be an effective, inexpensive way to support indigenous tribes in their fight against deforestation. 

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Dutch Radio Documentary about Tim and chief Dadá awarded in The Hague Peace Palace

On 2 November 2018, the Dutch radio documentary about the GPS forest crime prevention project in the Brazilian Amazon won the Best Report Award of Free Press Unlimited. Tim Boekhout van Solinge and chief Odair ‘Dadá’ Borari of Maró Indigenous Territory (Lower Amazon, Brazil) are the main characters of the radio documentary (in Dutch).

The makers of the radio documentary, Mirjam van Biemen and Mijke van Wijk,  joined Tim to the Brazilian Amazon in October 2017. In November 2018 they received the Best Report award at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Dutch interview with Mirjam van Biemen and Mijke van Wijk

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