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Stories of hope: Fighting for Brazil's climate

Camilla Mota

BBC Brasil, Sao Paulo

Charton Jahn Locks in the Amazon
Charton Jahn Locks
Charton Jahn Locks in the Amazon

Environmental engineer Charton Jahn Locks has been on leave from his position at the Brazilian Ministry of Environment since March to dedicate himself full time to his project, named Aliança da Terra.

Back in 2006 he joined forces with an American cattle breeder based in the Amazon forest to help create what he calls a “positive ecosystem” in the region. Aliança da Terra works close to producers giving them technical assistance so they can produce more sustainably and according to local regulations.

Today they work with more than 1,500 companies, producing in the Amazon “with zero deforestation” and selling to multinationals such as Unilever (45 of them are soy suppliers for Hellmann's mayonnaise).

“Without private sector engagement we won’t be able to face the environmental challenges that lie ahead. Government initiatives alone are not enough”, he says.

The project also has its own elite fire brigade that for years now has been training producers, indigenous people and local populations to fight the blazes that hit the Amazon region this time of the year.

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Kenyan security guards filmed beating up woman

Victor Kenani

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Kenyan human rights activist Wanjeri Nderu has tweeted footage of county security guards beating up a woman who is thought to be trader.

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A source has confirmed to the BBC that the assault happened in the town of ‎Kitengela in Kajiado County, about 30km (18 miles) south of the capital, Nairobi.

The person who recorded it says when the security guards noticed her filming them using her mobile, they turned on her - beat her up and confiscated one her phones.

The Kajiado county government says it is investigating the matter.

The area where the assault happened is in a market area in the town that the county authorities are trying to refurbish.

Traders have been complaining that the project is taking too long, and some have been coming back to set up stalls by the roadside.