Deforestation and climate change as a cause of migration

Are Indigenous communities forced to migrate because of deforestation and climate change? Johnson Cerda, indigenous from the ecuadorian Amazon, explains in an interview how deforestation takes away the livelihood of the people living in the Amazon Rainforest. One big Problem: The Palm Oil Plantations. While the hunger for the cheap fuel grows, more and more palm trees are planted and destroy the local ecosystem. Indigenous communities are forced to migrate into other areas. And sometimes, this can provoke conflicts between different tribes. On top: They can already feel climate changes impacts. The change of the rainy season is disturbing the forest ecosystem, its animals and the traditional way of life indigenous communities maintained for centuries.

Johnson Cerda
Director DGM – GEA Conservation International

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