Today we wanted to share a letter from our partners in Brazil regarding the current situation there.
We are able to deliver bucket list experiences around the world for families thanks to our amazing in-country partners. Over the past 2 decades, we’ve established relationships with the best local teams and trust them fully to take care of you and your family while traveling.
Over the past few months, our local team in Brazil has been keeping us up-to-date with what’s happening in country – with a more nuanced and localized view than what we’re seeing reported in our media.
Bottom line – Brazil needs our support right now, and responsible tourism is one of the most important and immediate ways to help support environmental conservation and sustainable community development here.
Brazil offers so many epic family travel experiences – including beaches, rainforest, waterfalls, truly unique art, food and culture. Read on to learn more about what’s happening in Brazil right now.
Despite the terrible news about the fires in the southern part of the Amazon (mainly in the states of Rondonia and Mato Grosso) and the increasing concern of Amazon deforestation, I am very happy to learn that the world cares about the Amazon and about Brazil. Some of you have been sending messages to us these last days, and I have felt your concern and your support when it comes to global environmental conservation.
With that, I would like to share 3 thoughts with you:
Keeping in mind that the Atlantic Rainforest is larger than the European Union, the fires have reportedly affected 20 thousand ha on 24th August 2019. Although these numbers are alarming, especially given that they might increase, we need to put this into context and compare it to, for example, last year’s fires in California, which devastated 114 thousand ha. We are terribly concerned about the situation, but we also need to send a strong message of safety to our travellers and partners in the sense that all our trips to the Amazon (Manaus, Belém, Santarém, Rio Negro, etc.) are operating as usual and the fires have in no way affected the amazing experiences travellers are having visiting this incredible region.
There is perhaps a bigger concern with regards to the increased deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest. This has been occurring for years in Brazil as the pressure of international and national mining, logging and mass-agricultural industries have overwhelmed the implementation of conservation policies. Although this pressure has been more obvious with the new liberal initiatives and communications of the current government, the issue of deforestation is not new in the Amazon region. In this regard, it is very important that this issue gains international traction, as it affects the sustainability of our planet, along with many other climate change issues surrounding our planet, and it is only with international initiatives we will make significant changes.
So, here we are adventure travel friends with a new opportunity to show your support for deforestation. Brazil needs you and, specifically, needs you to communicate responsibly to your travellers that Brazil needs them. There are many adventure companies out there doing a crucial job to fight deforestation and your support is now of great importance.
If we communicate to travellers that Brazil is not a safe destination to travel to, we are playing the game of fear of national and international mining, logging and mass-agriculture industries. So, rather than look away it is time to be engaged with the purpose of promoting environmental conservation and sustainable community development in Brazil. When you support an adventure travel company in Brazil, you are supporting this purpose.Adrià Lacorte
CEO – Aniyami Brazil
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