Local Leaders

The local leadership committee was created to align the research carried out by Instituto Juruá with the demands of local communities. It is a group of highly experienced leaders, with a strong knowledge of Amazonian socio-ecological dynamics that contributes not only to the direction of our research but also to the interpretation of results and the application of conservation and development programs.



Almira is a super charismatic person from the city of Carauari. She has been working for a long time in the defense of rural communities, leading important sustainability projects. Almira knows all the rural communities in the Middle Juruá River, and has an excellent relationship with the local leaders.


Edervan Vieira Director of CODAEMJ

Edervan is a forestry technician from CETAM and an environmental manager from the University of Amazonas State (UEA). Since 2013, he has been worked on the collaborative project between Associação dos Produtores Rurais de Carauari (ASPROC) and Natura to strengthen the oilseed production chain and improve the management of community-based organizations, including ASPROC and AMARU as well as the Cooperativa Mista de Desenvolvimento Sustentável e Economia Solidária da Reserva Extrativista do Médio Juruá (CODAEMJ).


Fernanda de Araujo Moraes Lago Serrado community leader

Fernanda is a prominent community leader that knows very well the reality of rural communities along the Juruá river.


Franciney Silva de Souza Xué community leader

Franciney is young leader with a huge amount of experience on participatory monitoring. He has been working in close collaboration with our team over the last 10 years.


Francisco de Souza Lima (Vigia) Community leader and President of AMAS -5

Vigia is a highly experienced community leader and president of AMAS -5. He is particularly knowledgeable on the community-based management of freshwater turtles.

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Gilberto Olavo Manager of Uacari Sustainable Development Reserve

Gilberto Olavo is manager of the RDS Uacari and leads many activities across the reserves of the Juruá river. Gilberto help us to implement a wide range of applied projects to strengthen the management of protected areas.


José de Araújo Medeiros (Andrade) Xibauzinho community leader and President of AMARU

José is known as the “arapaima king” due to his skills in arapaima fishing. José is also president of the Associação de Moradores da RDS Uacari (AMARU), a local association that works in close partnership with Instituto Juruá.


Manoel Cunha São Raimundo Community leader and Manager of Médio Juruá Extractive Reserve

Manoel Cunha is one of the most important environmental leaders in Amazonia. He helps us to design projects that can be applied at a large scale, properly addressing local demands and social aspirations from local communities.


Manoel Siqueira Association of Rural Producers of Carauari (ASPROC)

Manoelzinho is the president of the Association of Rural Producers of Carauari (ASPROC), a fundamental organization in the empowerment of local communities in the face of the poor working conditions imposed by the rubber exploitation in the past. Manoelzinho is a great local leader and does a great endeavor to ensure the well-being of rural Amazon communities associated with the protection of biodiversity.


Pha’avi Hava Deni Indigenous leader of Boiador community and President of ASPODEX

Pha'avi is the president of ASPODEX, an indigenous association from the Xeruã river, a tributary of the Juruá. Pha'avi help us to understand indigenous demand and needs within the wider Juruá landscape.


Quilvilene Figueiredo da Cunha President of the Women Agroextractive Association of the Middle Juruá (ASMAMJ),

Quilvilene Figueiredo da Cunha was active in Young Protagonists group in 2012 and is currently president of the Association of Agroextractive Women of the Middle Juruá (ASMAMJ), which works by promoting meetings between women in the region, raising the debate on gender equality. ASMAMJ is an integral part of the Juruá Middle Territory Forum, and it increasingly conquers female participation in decision-making spaces.


Sumurivi Hava Deni Indigenous leader of Itauba community and Director of the Deni Association from Rio Xeruã (ASPODEX )

Sumurivi is an indigenous leader, with huge traditional knowledge who helps guide our conservation practices in an appropriate and respectful manner.


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