Chico Mendes

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"In 1985, Chico founded the National Council of Rubber Tappers, a non-governmental group to defend the living and working conditions of communities that depend on the forest. He also organized the first National Meeting of Rubber Tappers in Brasilia with the support of anthropologist Mary Helena Allegretti." [1]

"In June 1987 Chico received the Global 500 Award of the United Nations, which catapulted him to international fame. Although, the Brazilian government and the media in his country ignored him, Chico was rewarded in London with international media coverage. Later on, in New York, he received the Better World Society Prize, created by Ted Turner, the CNN owner. Chico estimated that with the cost of each breakfast in the Waldorf Astoria, a rubber tapper's family could live for about fourth months." [2]

"In the 1970's and early 1980's, Environmental Defense Fund anthropologist Dr. Stephan Schwartzman worked closely with Chico Mendes researching and advocating the extractive reserves idea.

"In 1987, Schwartzman and Environmental Defense Fund invited Chico to attend the Inter-American development bank (IDB) annual meeting. He was introduced to influential members of the Administration and Congress." [3]

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  1. Events in the Life of Chico Mendes, Environmental Defense Fund, accessed November 5, 2009.
  2. Who was Chico Mendes?, UN, accessed November 5, 2009.
  3. Environmental Defense Fund and Chico Mendes, Environmental Defense Fund, accessed November 5, 2009.