Antonio Jose Motta Bentes

Ashoka Fellow
Santarém, PA, Brazil
Fellow Since 2003

Citation

This profile was prepared when Antonio Jose Motta Bentes was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Antônio José believes in the promotion of a long-term forest conservation policy for the Amazon that involves traditional populations and the citizen sector in the governance of conservation areas. To accomplish this he is implementing a model that enables traditional communities living within conservation lands, like national forests (FLONAs) and extractive reserves (RESEXs), to benefit economically from forest resources while conserving biodiversity. By creating fiscal incentives for communities to preserve their environment, Antônio José is able to succeed where many others have failed.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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