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The Ashaninka indigenous community in Brazil has won a two-decade federal court dispute against illegal logging interests, receiving $3 million in compensation and an official apology from companies for cutting down thousands of mahogany, cedar, and other tree species in the Kampa do Rio Amônia Indigenous Reserve.

Starting in the early 1980s, timber companies owned by the Cameli family illegally harvested mature trees from the Ashaninka’s ancestral land to supply the European furniture industry.

The $3 million reparation will go directly toward projects protecting the Ashaninka community and Amazon forest. Experts said the case could serve as a legal precedent in other indigenous and environmental lawsuits in Brazil.

Source: Yale Environment