Guardians of the Forests:
How Should an Indigenous Community in Eastern Bolivia Defend Their Land and Forests?
The Guarayos indigenous people, who have relied on a forest livelihood for centuries, are facing increasing economic and political pressures on their lands and forests
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The Guarayos indigenous people live on their ancestral land in eastern Bolivia and depend on their extensive forest resources for their livelihood. But in recent years, they have faced increasing pressures on their lands and forests, including the expansion of mechanized agriculture and cattle ranches, settlements of outsiders, decreasing timber price, and lack of support from the state government for their land rights. As the new president of the Central Organization of Native Guarayos Peoples (COPNAG), Daniel Yaquirera needs to find a way to defend the land and forest rights of his people.