Brazilian biodiversity

Dr Suzana Padua, IPE President

IPE is dedicated to biodiversity conservation through science.

  • IPE - Instituto de Pesquisas Ecologicas (Institute for Ecological Research) is one of the largest environmental NGOs in Brazil with more than 100 team members working in the Atlantic Forest, Amazon, Pantanal and Cerrado. Projects include: protecting endangered species; planting corridors to link forest fragments; and water protection.
  • IPE was founded after Suzana's husband Claudio started research in 1978 to protect the black lion tamarin, an endangered monkey species. Realising that conservation needed the support of communities, Suzana began her environmental education work. She later established an environment and sustainability school (ESCAS) which has trained more than 6,000 students since 1996, with more than 140 having received MSc diplomas.
  • IPE has also collaborated with corporations such as Havaianas (flip flops); Faber Castel (art supplies) and food giant Danone. Partnerships models include offsetting carbon emissions and cause-related marketing.
  • On average, IPE reaches more than ten-thousand people per year; to date, it has supported more than 200 Amazon families and more than 400 in the Atlantic Forest with sustainable production, and planted more than three-million trees.
  • Suzana is an Ashoka fellow1, a scholar of the Education for Nature (WWF), and, along with Claudio, a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur2 and one of Time Magazine's Heroes of the Planet3. She has also given a well-received TEDx talk in Sao Paulo, Brazil4.

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