Fellow Since 1998
Projeto Saude e Alegria
This profile was prepared when Tibério Alloggio was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Tiberio Alloggio's central idea is to create new, income-generating alternatives for traditional Amazon populations. To accomplish this end, he is demonstrating that activities sensitive to the local ecology can also be profitable, and can become catalysts for social and economic progress. The innovation lies in his methodology, which places the control of all operations and support services of the ecotourist initiatives in the hands of local cooperatives. Local residents involve themselves in every level of project management and therefore reap multiple benefits. The introduction of community-run ecotourism is a new development in the area of conservation and sustainable development–both in the Amazon and in Brazil as a whole. Tiberio founded ASPAC (The Silves Association for Environmental and Cultural Preservation) in Silves, a small village 700 kilometres from Manaus, where the economy has been restricted to natural resource extraction and limited micro-enterprise. Under Tiberio's supervision, ASPAC promotes the expansion of the region's first self-sustaining, community-run ecotourism model: the Hotel Comunitario Aldeia dos Lagos (the Village of the Lakes Community Hotel). The hotel model generates income, the distribution of which is under the direct control of the community members themselves, and helps shield the environment from destruction. Although other tour agencies have built hotels in natural settings and called them "eco-tourism lodges," the Village of the Lakes Community Hotel is not just a place to vacation and go on photo safaris. The vision runs much deeper, and reflects the community's desire to maintain and improve their way of life. ASPAC incorporates job training, applied social and scientific research, handicrafts and micro-enterprise, all focused on promoting traditional mores and preserving the environment.