José Márcio Ayres

2002 Laureate, Environment
Brazil, 1954-2003

Project Goal

Combine the protection of the Amazon forest with the human need for sustainable income

Location: Brazil

"Thousands of people are benefiting today from the dream of one man who gave himself the means of making it come true."

Brazilian environmentalist José Márcio Ayres, who died in March 2003, devoted his life to the challenge of combining protection of the Amazon forest with improving the living conditions of its native people. Now the team of people who succeeded the 2002 Rolex Awards Laureate is keeping alive his passionate commitment to the Amazon by expanding his work.

2,600

initial size, in square kilometres, of the sustainable development reserve Ayres established

57,600

size, in square kilometres, of the expanded protected corridor of tropical rainforest, the most extensive in the world

12,500

people living in reserves

4,000

visitors who have come to Mamirauá, most from the United States and Europe

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