Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Amazon tribes embrace technology to protect their rainforest home

An indigenous team gathers GPS data on a mapping expedition in the Amazon. Rhett Butler

By Rhett Butler

Deep in the most remote jungles of South America, Amazon Indians are using GPS units, Android handheld devices, Google Earth and other technologies to protect their fast-dwindling home through “cultural mapping.” Tribes in Suriname, Brazil and Colombia are combining their traditional knowledge of the rainforest with western technology to conserve forests and maintain ties to their history and cultural traditions, which include profound knowledge of the forest ecosystem and medicinal plants. …

Amazon Tribes Embrace Technology to Protect their Rainforest Home

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