The Yawanawá Community: From the Amazon to Global Markets
Equator Initiative release, 5 October 2011

NEW YORK, USA: On Tuesday, 4 October 2011, the Equator Initiative hosted Tashka Yawanawá of the Yawanawá people of the Brazilian Amazon, to talk about his community’s successes in advocating for change, conserving their indigenous territory, and developing new sources of sustainable energy. The Yawanawá community won the Equator Prize in 2008 in recognition of their sustainable management of over 180,000 hectares of Amazon rainforest in the Brazilian state of Acre. This tribe has managed to conserve their natural heritage and preserve their cultural identity in the face of multiple threats to their way of life. The Yawanawá are developing the processing of oil from locally-grown jatropha trees into a renewable and cheap source of fuel for motor boats – 4,000 trees have been planted so far. The community has also benefited greatly from a partnership with AVEDA through the sale of sustainably harvested urukum seeds that are processed into a red dye used in beauty products sold across the world. Read the release …