Nature Conservancy is an NGO (www.nature.org), which works with the indigenous people of the Amazon rain forest. The indigenous people now have a say and a right to their land, which makes up 20% of the Amazon rain forest. Nature Conservancy works with these people to help them develop their forests sustainably. They involve the whole community.
Their projects usually start with ethno mapping, which is when the local people point out and map natural resources, villages, where illegal hunting is taking place, mining or logging, on a satellite image. This process also helps distinguish the borders between tribes to avoid conflict.
In 2006, a trading centre opened in Manaus, on the Rio Negro, in Brazil. It trains 15 students, local people, at a time to manage their land and resources. They are taught how to use geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing techniques, natural resource and indigenous management, environmental legislation for 5 months.
Nature Conservancy works across the globe, in Africa, Oceania, America, Europe and the Caribbean, supporting local communities and doing environmental work to help animals and habitats for future generations.