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Story Publication logo April 14, 2020

Video: Life in an Extractive Reserve in the Amazon Forest (Portuguese)

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The winding Juruá River and the Middle Juruá Extractive Reserve, seen from an airplane, Amazonas, Brazil, October 19, 2019. Image by Bruno Kelly/Thomson Reuters Foundation. Brazil, 2019.
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A project to generate renewable energy that went wrong led extractivists from the Middle Juruá in...

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Com um passado de trabalho análogo à escravidão, ex-seringueiros se organizam e viram fornecedores importantes da indústria de cosméticos. Um exemplo de como lucrar diretamente com uma Amazônia preservada. Imagem cortesia de DW Brasil.
With past labor conditions analogous to slavery, former rubber tappers have organized and become important suppliers to the cosmetics industry. An example of how to profit directly from a preserved Amazon. Imagem by DW Brasil.

The routine in the Extractive Reserve (Resex) in the Médio Juruá region meant that for a long time its poorest residents had to survive with the bare minimum, even living without a refrigerator inside their homes. It’s not like that anymore. Having overcome those fundamental living problems, their struggle today is on protecting the forest to ensure the livelihood of its traditional populations.

With past labor conditions analogous to slavery, former rubber tappers have organized and become important suppliers to the cosmetics industry. An example of how to profit directly from a preserved Amazon.

* This story was produced with support from the Rainforest Journalism Fund and Pulitzer Center.