The families in the Juma sustainable development reserve in Brazil receive a small stipend from the government in exchange for their commitment not to cut down the forest. But will the international community help the Brazilian government pay for this program? Al Jazeera English's Gabriel Elizondo reports from the Amazon.
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In a victory for indigenous protesters, Peru overturned two controversial laws intended to open the Amazon rainforest to foreign investors. But demonstrations have continued around the country. Reporter Terry Wade joined Worldfocus from Lima to discuss the social unrest in Peru and its lasting implications for the country's economy and political landscape.
As several nations gather in Davos, Switzerland, for the 2009 World Economic Forum, others are meeting in Brazil for the World Social Forum. Both forums will focus on the global economy, though the Davos conference centers around policy and the Brazil meeting looks at social need.