BRAZIL'S QUILOMBO COMMUNITY GRANTED TITLE TO 220,000 HECTARES OF RAINFOREST
Brazil’s Supreme Court reaffirmed the Quilombo people’s rights over their territories, ending a lengthy multi-generational fight for their land entitlement. Historically, Quilombo communities faced tremendous difficulties to secure land titles, and were forced to compete with powerful agribusiness interests in developing and using the land. The Quilombos’ rights to traditional lands are guaranteed under the 1988 Brazilian constitution; following the Supreme Court decision, the Cachoeira Porteira Quilombo community received an official land entitlement. This decision may set a precedent for other Quilombos seeking land titles from the Brazilian government. For the full story, see: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/03/brazilian-quilombo-community-entitled-with-220000-hectares-of-rainforest/.