RAIMUNDÃO

GATHERER, RESIDENT OF THE CHICO MENDES EXTRACTION RESERVE – ACRE

His name is Raimundo Mendes, but in the Chico Mendes Extraction Reserve (Resex), in the state of Acre, he is known as Raimundão. Community leader and gatherer he lives in the region since even before the establishment of the Resex in 1990. He is a great example of a resident living in the forest, benefiting from its resources without destroying it.

At the height of his 72 years old, the father of eight children is proud to say that the Resex is his community’s livelihood. “We take from here the food and income to survive. We make a point of using in a sustainable way the resources that nature provides us, so we can contribute to conserve it”, he says.