Since 2011, 6 malocas, modelled on the homes of our indigenous neighbour the Waimiri-Atroari, have been initially designed as a primary structure to receive visitors.
The rotation system that has been established in the community allows all working members of the cooperative to obtain some work as cooks, guides, housekeepers, boatmen and fishermen. For some, this income is supplemented by earnings from Brazil nuts and other forest products but this regime is insufficient in the long term, to retain their loyalty to the forests.
The whole river, some 60 kilometres and comprising 7 villages, is under constant threat from social and educational pressures, significant pull-factors to urban areas. ACT’s scheme is designed to fit within the management plan of the newly created reserve of the Baixo Rio Branco - Jauaperi and serve the entire river’s population, ultimately securing the conservation of the pristine Amazon rainforest through assuring the commitment of the local ribeirinhos to act as guardians of the rainforest to achieve true sustainability.