An update on the Amazon fires: where are the fires, what are the causes, how can we prevent future fires and do they affect Amazon river cruise sailings?
The news reports are indeed alarming, and we are legitimately concerned for the protection of this unique natural environment.
According to the New York Times, the number of fires identified by satellite images in the Amazon so far this month is the highest since 2010, according to Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research agency (INPE), which tracks deforestation and forest fires using satellite images. The number of fires identified by the agency in the Amazon region so far this year, 40,341, is about 35 percent higher than the average for the first eight months of each year since 2010.
The following fires have been recorded so far in 2019, most of them in the Amazon region.
Where the Amazon cruises take place, there is no commercial logging or agricultural development, so we are still scheduling full services and our guests are able to experience and learn about the natural wonders of the Amazon.
We absolutely support efforts for rainforest conservation, and one of the most important and necessary steps in this endeavor is environmental education.
We also believe that sustainable tourism can balance the economic demand for growth from farming.
This is a mission of ours (and many others) for our thirty years of operations.
We remain dedicated and committed to sharing the beauties of the Amazon and the need to preserve them.
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