Exports from Amazonia

A prodigal son returns home to find profit in preserving his country's precious resources

His workday sometimes finds John Forgach draped in mosquito netting, paddling the backwaters of the Amazon in a dugout canoe. He's on the hunt--for a new investment. Forgach, 52, spent decades making money the old-fashioned way, as an investment banker in places like Geneva and New York City. Now he is back in his native Brazil to show that preserving the environment and indigenous cultures can be profitable. As CEO of a Sao Paulo-based private company called A2R Environmental Funds, Forgach raises money from institutions like the Swiss government and the World Bank Group and invests mainly in sustainable agriculture and...

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