Chapter 7

Ema Tapullima Murayari

It was in a small community in the Peruvian Amazon that I met Ema Tapullima Murayari. She happened to be the leader there, something unheard of for a woman on the nearby river banks in all directions. In contrary to other communities, Ema’s preserved the plants and animals in its direct environment. At first the people did so for medicinal and ancestral reasons, but they soon discovered that preserved nature could earn them a living through the means of ecotourism. The jungle is of utmost importance for existence! Now, its surroundings hold a lot of plants that have become rare or even extinct elsewhere.