Sat. Feb 27th, 2021

Alessandra Korap, a leader of the Munduruku people. Image by Sarita Reed / Diálogo Chino. This story was co-produced and co-published by Mongabay and Diálogo Chino. Alessandra Korap wanted to be heard. But she’d been invited to the August 2020 court hearing only as an observer, sitting for hours in forced silence, even though she was serving as the sole representative of the Indigenous people whose lands, lives and future would be impacted by a proposed Amazon Basin river port. Only lawyers and government officials were invited to speak at the online hearing conducted in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, as Judge Sandra Maria Correia da Silva weighed whether to lift a suspension on a permit for the port, put in place because the project still lacked a prior consultation with the Munduruku, Korap’s people. For almost a decade, the Munduruku had been unsuccessfully fighting the rapid transformation of the city of Itaituba in Brazil’s Pará state into a key global commodities supply chain hub, and the conversion of their beloved Tapajós River into an industrial waterway — a nexus for the transport of soy and corn out of the heart of the Brazilian Amazon and on to China, the European Union and elsewhere. Since 2013, the community had seen multiple industrial river ports constructed by transnational agribusiness commodity-trading giants, arising on a river that for centuries had been plied only by small boats and Munduruku canoes. However, never during the building boom had the Indigenous group been formally…This article was originally published on Mongabay

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