The conservation of Brazil’s Amazon is threatened by the poor social conditions of its 24 million inhabitants, the first comprehensive study measuring the situation found on Saturday.
Lack of access to clean water, violence, illiteracy and limited opportunities to pursue a better life are among the problems highlighted in the Social Progress Index (SPI) for the Amazon, one of the world’s most important ecosystems.
The study paints a picture of social injustice and inequality by charting data from all but one of the region’s 773 municipalities and nine states. Its authors hope it will become a tool for improving development policy as Brazil elects a new president in October.
“From access to clean water and basic education to personal choice and rights, the ...more