For Anita Studer, from Switzerland, the event was the culmination of 13 years of work, for one of the trees planted on 1 June was the millionth sapling in her plan to reforest the region, a project for which she won a Rolex Award in 1990.
Studer, who was in awe of her supervisor, thought overnight about his warning and went to see him the next day.
Studer says that the gap between rich and poor in the region is immense, and often she and her Swiss-born son, Adrien, who visits Brazil with her, can act as bridge-builders.
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