Claudia Sattler, Barbara Schröter, Living by Strict Rules: Co-Management as a Way to Prevent Eviction from a Conservation Area – the Case of the Marujá Community in Brazil, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 3, May 2015, Pages 60-68 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/living-by-strict-rules-co-management-as-a-way-to-prevent-eviction-from-a-conservation-area-the-case-of-the-maruja-community-in-brazil/) Abstract: The Marujá community is located inside the Cardoso Island State Park (Parque Estadual Ilha do Cardoso, PEIC) at the border between São Paulo and Paraná states. The region is extremely rich in biodiversity with vast areas of continuous Atlantic Forests, which includes large stretches of mangroves as well as sensitive dune ecosystems. Marujá is home to 60 families with about 180 inhabitants. The community members consider themselves to be 'traditional people' (Caiçaras), an ethnocultural mixture of indigenous people and descendants of Portuguese colonizers and former African slaves. 'Traditional people' in Brazil are defined as groups who are culturally different and who recognize themselves as such. They depend on natural resources for their cultural, social, religious, ancestral, and economic activities. "We live in harmony with animals, because we need them, and the nature, and they need us. In fact, we need more from nature than nature needs from us." [Marujá … Topics: Community; Conservation; Globalization