Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2006
This description of Benki Piyãko's work was prepared when Benki Piyãko was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
Benki Piyãko, leader of an indigenous community in the Amazonian state of Acre, is increasing the capacity of indigenous peoples to defend their land against outside exploitation. In the process, he teaches these communities improved land management techniques to both benefit from their natural resources and preserve a rich and unique ecosystem.
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