RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Amazon region is at the heart of attention due to devastating forest fires and the controversial environmental policies of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro.

This natural wonder covers about 61 percent of Brazil's national territory and is the world's largest connected tropical forest. The region comprises 98 percent of indigenous land, 77 percent of nature reserves and the lands of Afro-Brazilian quilombolas. Together, these three conservation areas account for 32 percent of Brazil's territory.

Its extent and biodiversity are home to 170 indigenous peoples, 357 permanent "quilombos" (rural settlements with predominantly . . .

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