AMAZON “The Lung of the Earth”
HELP US SAVE A TREASURE
The Amazon is a continuous tropical forest, larger than Occidental Europe and has been described as “The Lung of the Earth” due to its oxygen producing capacity. Detailed studies that have been made relating to the destiny of the largest tropical forest of the world and estimates that for the year 2020, it is possible that only 5% of the Amazon will conserve its primitive and wild state as a result of ambitious and vast programs and projects that men carry out without evaluating the consequences, and the ecological impact that these can produce to “The Lung of the Earth”.
The Brazilian Amazon deforestation statistics has increased by 40%, according to studies realized for the month of June 2003. The construction of roads, railroads, farms, hydroelectric plants and mines makes the ecologists fear that during this process, they will destroy 30% of animal and vegetable growth of the planet, and in addition a great resource of medicines.
The Amazon forest is the home and refuge of the Xavante, Terena, Kaiapo, Wauna, Xokleng Tribes among others. These Indian tribes maintain their traditions and customs handed down from their ancestors.
The study published by “Science” magazine, shows two possible alternatives: “An optimistic future” and a “non-optimistic future”. Both possibilities indicate that the actual exploitation program will produce a radical transformation in the region. According to the less optimistic previsions, in the year 2020 more than 95% of the Amazon will have lost its original state and 42% of the forest. It will be totally striped and much deprived. In addition, the most optimistic studies, suggest that half of the Amazon will no longer be intact and 30% will be lost forever.
Among the objectives of the MAPET International Foundation, Inc. is the preservation of the ecosystem, reason why the Amazon Preservation Project was born, and will include one million hectares of virgin forest. MAPET International Foundation, Inc., has a goal of protecting and maintaining its original state of one million of hectares, in addition it plans to initiate investigational and educational projects which it will carryout in installations that will be situated in the same forest. The indigenous tribes that live in the area of a million hectares will be protected and secured thus maintaining intact their way of life and traditions. This dream can be realized thanks to the support of each and every one of you and the MAPET International Foundation team.