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During my recent trip to the Amazonas State, I had the opportunity to visit a few communities located within our project areas. One of them was the São José Community, which is part of the Trocano Araretama Conservation Project.

Boys from the community. Improved education is one of the Trocano Araretama Project priorities

Boys from the community. Improved education is one of the Trocano Araretama Project priorities

The community is only accessible by boat. In a small boat like the one we used (pictured below), the journey through the Madeira River from Borba City takes around 90 minutes.

Boat which took us through the Madeira River

Boat which took us through the Madeira River

Fishing, rubber extraction and cocoa harvesting are among the main activities of the local working population.

Hugely popular during the late 1800s and the first half of the 20th Century, rubber extraction is still one of the main activities for several communities in the area

Cocoa harvesting is another income source. On a more personal note, that was the first time I have ever tasted the cocoa fruit. Although it does not taste at all like chocolate, I have to say the flavour is pretty good!

Cocoa harvesting is another income source. On a more personal note, this was the first time I have ever tasted the cocoa fruit. Although it does not taste at all like chocolate, I have to say the flavour is pretty good!

As in several other isolated communities in the Amazonian region, one of the biggest challenges for the people of São José is trading with middlemen or intermediaries. If these communities don’t have direct access to the main consumer markets (such as in the state capital Manaus), they end up selling their produce for a lower price to these traders, who end up with most of the profits.

In order to facilitate access to the consumer markets, the Trocano Araretama Conservation project will seek ways of improving the organisation of small-scale producers. The proposed creation of community co-ops, involving many small producers, will provide them collectively with a route to market and increased selling power, consequently boosting the local economies of the region.

Pictured above, community members who welcomed us during our visit, together with members of the Borba Municipality, and Amazônia Livre Institute

Pictured above, community members who welcomed us during our visit, together with members of the Borba Municipality, and Amazônia Livre Institute

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Trocano Araretama Conservation Project

Here is a collage of images from our Trocano Araretama Conservation Project and our Madeirinhas Conservation Project, in the Amazônia region of Brazil.

If you would like to see more pictures from these amazing regions, you can visit our project gallery @ http://www.celestialgreenventures.com/gallery or via our Flickr account @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/celestialgreenventures/

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