The best Amazon Paradox video reports

The best Amazon Paradox video reports

The Amazon region is a vast area which includes parts of nine countries.

As well as travelling into the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, BBC journalists reported for the Amazon Paradox from all nine.

Max Seitz, the Argentina correspondant for Spanish-language service BBC Mundo, travelled through Brazil, Bolivia, and Ecuador. BBC Brasil's Daniel Gallas visited Guyana to contrast the two nations' approaches to preserving the rainforest.

Watch their reports, dubbed into English, and the best from other BBC correspondents:


Max Seitz reports from Iquitos for BBC Mundo, the BBC World Service's Spanish language service.

Iquitos, Peru is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Unique to this region is the pink dolphin. The lion tamarin or marmoset, white caiman crodile, sloth, piranha and tarantula are also native to the area.

However, extensive logging, over fishing, indiscriminate hunting and illegal trafficking of some speicies are threatening their existence.

Dan Collyns reports from the Corrientes River, Peru, for BBC News.

In the Corrientes River basin Occidental Petroleum acquired the rights to exploit oil deposits in area.

The native Achuar people have filed a law suit alleging the company knowingly dumped toxic waste into streams and rivers.

The US oil giant is being made to confront the impact of their overseas operations on indigenous communities and the environment.


Max Seitz reports from Yasuni National Park for BBC Mundo.

More than 50% of Ecuador's revenue comes from crude oil.

In the heart of Yasuni National Park, oil companies have felled part of the forest to make way for oil fields, pipelines, roads and human settlements.

The indigenous Huaorani people have mixed views and attitudes towards them.


Daniel Gallas reports for BBC Brasil, the BBC World Service's Portuguese language service.

Brazil and Guyana are neighbouring countries, yet they are very different in terms of politics, culture, geography and attitude towards the management of the Amazon.

While Brazil refuses to accept foreign intervention in the management of the Amazon, Guyana has conceded to the help of the international Commonwealth.

The Iwokrama Centre is a sucessful example of Amazon conservation that relies on international aid.


Max Seitz reports on the current situation of Bolivia's mining industry.

Tipuani is the "gold capital" of Bolivia situated in the heart of Amazonia, some 300 Km to the north of La Paz.

The town is one of the principal gold-mining areas in the country, with some 10,000 inhabitants.

But while the local people hold precious metal in their hands, they actually live in dire poverty.

In Tipuani the gold is mined by cooperatives. Working conditions are dangerous and precarious. And there is no state aid.


BBC correspondent Gary Duffy reports from the Paragominas region and asks if efforts to control illegal logging can succeed.

Illegal logging is one of the biggest threats to the Amazon eco-system.

Operation Arc of Fire is the Brazilian government's latest efforts to clamp down on firms suspected.

But many local people are threatened with unemployment as a result of the concerted effort to prevent deforestation.