A new series of 5 films highlights how people use fire in the Amazon rainforest and how such practices can be mitigated. Collectively dubbed “Slash & Burn” each film explores a different aspect of fire-use in the Amazon. In recent years the Amazon has faced unprecedented droughts, possibly linked to climate change and vast deforestation, making the issue of human-started fires even more important. Unlike temperate forests which burn regularly, rainforests rarely face fire under natural conditions and therefore are not evolved to withstand burning events.
The film series, which is also available in Portuguese, is apart of a joint UK/Brazil initiative to reduce Amazon wildfires. It has recieved funding from the Darwin Initiative and the INCT-MPEG in Brazil.