Conservation - the careful use of natural resources (such as trees, oil, etc.) to prevent them from being lost or wasted. especially: planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.
Damaging illegal activity takes place, whether or not we want it and often without our knowledge. Simply taking legal possession over land in the rainforest, in an effort to preserve it, isn't enough. Ownership is riddled with legal complexities. The true way to conserve the forest is to establish economic activity that leads to a more effective, sustainable approach towards protecting the land.
The rainforest is overflowing with natural resources such as oils, fruits, timber and nuts. These resources can be sustainably harvested, without compromising the land, the forest or its biodiversity. Responsible economic activity provides many benefits. For one, activity on the land thwarts illegal loggers and squatters, as they know the land is being monitored and there is a constant physical presence. Additionally, various types of activities create opportunity for local communities and indigenous peoples, creating a viable alternative to destruction via subsistence.
The largest benefit however, is derived from introducing a new narrative for the value of land in the rainforest. One that incentivizes conservation over destruction. This narrative alone can help transform many of the challenges the Amazon faces today and expedite protection of the world's largest rainforest, from the inside out.
<learn more about Nemus' Genesis drop which aims to revive a decades old Brazil nut tree operation, rebuild an airstrip, help local indigenous villages and create new opportunities for the residents of nearby Pauini, a city founded on the economic activity that once was.>