‘Environmental Nobel’ goes to Marcel Gomes, from Repórter Brasil

(Foto: Goldman Environmental Prize

Today, Marcel Gomes,  journalist and executive secretary of Repórter Brasil will receive the Goldman Environmental Prize in California. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Goldman Environmental Prize, considered the Nobel Prize for environmental and human rights defenders.

Gomes and his team at Repórter Brasil is one of the main contributors to the Forests & Finance Coalition, which maps and exposes financial flows to forest-risk commodity companies, focusing in particular on the Amazon.

Recently, Repórter Brasil under the leadership of Gomes, investigated and revealed how the operations of meatpacker JBS, financed by BNDES, among others, contributed to the destruction of more than
20% of the Indigenous Territory of the Parakanã-Apiterewa People. He and his team have also exposed multiple cases in which rural credit was linked to deforestation in the Amazon and the Cerrado.

The Forests & Finance team is very happy and proud with this recognition, as the journalism practiced by Gomes and his team is an example of commitment to defending the forest and the people who live there.

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