As the fifth largest watershed in Amazonia, the Tapajós river is home to an incredible biodiversity of plant and animal life which includes 325 species of fish. It is also inhabited by indigenous tribes whose way of life revolves around these waterways.
The preservation of this environment is paramount to the ecological balance of the Amazon as a whole.
There was a serious threat from an unprecedented series of massive hydroelectric dams due to be built. These would flood and destroy the area.
Due to a global outcry and an international environmental campaign, the constructions have been put on hold meaning one of the biggest ecological successes of 2016.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
The Tapajós Basin in Brazil is blessed with a staggering biodiversity, while it is also home to a large number of indigenous groups and traditional river communities - all threatened by huge infrastructural developments including an industrial waterway.
You can support the work of the following NGOs to save one of the most biologically rich regions of the Amazon:
Amazon Watch and Project Amazonas are protecting the rainforest and advanced the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin.
International Rivers has been at the heart of the regional but also the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them.
The following organisations fight for the rights of indigenous people: