The people of the Amazon provide an insight into its history and ecology. Utilizing this knowledge can be extremely productive and valuable to external societies. Efforts to preserve the natives requires a multilateral strategy to retain the Amazonian forest. However, the concern is preservation undercuts the voices of the indigenous. Current methods of dealing with these tribes remove their voice in both the long term and short term, exposing the Amazon to further degradation.
The policies designed to protect the natives overwrite the views of the population under the guise of integration and isolation. By integrating inhabitants with little sympathy, they are unable to integrate in a meaningful way. In short, the process nullifies and dehumanizes their existence to that of a burden. Attempting to isolate the Amazonian people exposes them to illegal actions, fails to acknowledge basic human rights, and prevents natives from expressing their knowledge and culture.
The shortcomings in policy can be simplified at the expense of nuance. These simplifications include heuristics, globalization, and the lack of perceived productivity in the Amazon. The examination of heuristics in the area focuses on tunnel vision and shortsightedness. These traits are most strongly found in the neighboring populations outside of the Amazon. Also, corporations demonstrate faulty decision making. A simple example is both parties inability to see the long-term effects of deforestation. Systems need to acknowledge these human shortcomings and deal with them through modified incentives like taxation. In fact, the worsening effects of human irrationality have grown due to globalization.
The advancements of global markets and free trade have overall positive effects but concentrated adverse effects. The indigenous tribes are particularly vulnerable to the negatives while receiving little of the advantages. To counteract the unfavorable consequences, the benefits must be appropriated to the Amazon. The distribution of wealth would best be served as infrastructure for both native and non-native populations. In brief, solving both the issues of inclusion, while limiting the effects of certain heuristics.
Finally, the perception of the Amazon as pristine has created the idea of a lack of productivity in the Amazon. The global community must recognize the economic benefits of the Amazon. Utilizing the knowledge of the Amazonian tribes can change the perception of economic productivity in the region. Several industries where this is possible include the pharmaceutical and homeopathic industries.
There is no one solution to give voice to the Amazonian people. Much of the necessary effort relies on the preserving the Amazon and meaningful integration of the Amazonians. At times these efforts work against one another. Hopefully, the indigenous people of the Amazon have the opportunity to tell their story and are not lost due to an inability to balance isolationism with integration.