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A villager displays the first profits from a medicinal plants workshop led by Patricia Shanley in the village of Quiandeua in the Brazilian Amazon. By teaching forest residents how to make medicines from rain forest plants, Shanley hopes locals will see the value in conserving useful medicinal treespecies.

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Medicines made from tropical forest trees play an importantrole in rural

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Medicines made from rain forest plants provide much needed income for the residents of Quiandeua, a village in the Brazilian Amazon. A medicinal plant workshop led by American Patricia Shanley and her group, “Women of the Forest” rescued rapidly disappearing traditional knowledge, helping villagerssee the value of conserving locally valuable species.

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Medicines made from rain forest plants provide much needed income for the residents of Quiandeua, a village in the Brazilian Amazon. A medicinal plant workshop led by American Patricia Shanley and her group, “Women of the Forest” rescued rapidly disappearing traditional knowledge, helping villagerssee the value of conserving locally valuable species.

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Medicines made from rain forest plants provide much needed income for the residents of Quiandeua, a village in the Brazilian Amazon. A medicinal plant workshop led by American Patricia Shanley and her group, “Women of the Forest” helps villagers derive not only good health but income by conserving valuable forest medicinals and fruits.

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Patricia Shanley (holding book) leads a medicinal plant workshop at the village of Quiandeua along the Capim River in the Brazilian Amazon. Shanley exchanges information with villages about the uses and conservation of medicinal plants fruits and game.

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Fruits are cleaned to make soap at a forest fruits workshopin a village on the Brazilian Amazon led by Patricia Shanley.

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A medicinal plant workshop at the village of Quiandeua along the Capim river in the Brazilian Amazon. Instructors hope to teach villagers the values of the medicinal plants, fruits and game in a healthy, intact forest.

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Forest fruits bacuri, piquia, and uxi being sold at a street market in Paragominas, Brazil.

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