2002 Laureate, Environment
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.
initial size, in square kilometres, of the sustainable development reserve Ayres established
size, in square kilometres, of the expanded protected corridor of tropical rainforest, the most extensive in the world
people living in reserves
visitors who have come to Mamirauá, most from the United States and Europe