Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas

The campaign for the Scholarship Fund of ESCAS/IPÊ (School of Environmental Conservation and Sustainability) begins today, September 10th. The proposal is to raise funds to enable new students interested in training conservation and sustainability the chance to study in one of the reference schools in the theme. Donate now!

The world face many socio and environmental challenges like loss of biodiversity and forests, high pollution and diseases. Young students in Brazil have transformative ideas for these challenges, but many don't have opportunity to develop it due to lack of resources to seek more knowledge and guidance. ESCAS - School of Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, is a place to them. With a Scholarship Fund, we will benefit students with education for sustainability to them change the world.


Hundreds of young students in Brazil have transformative ideas for the socio-environmental challenges in the world and many talented students have a great potential to pursue sustainability inside the world work. However, many of them do not have the opportunity to develop these ideas due to lack of resources to seek more knowledge and guidance. This project will offer 20 scholarships in ESCAS - School of Conservation and Sustainability, a place where the science is for and with the society.


ESCAS promotes socio-environmental and sustainability knowledge in Brazil through short courses, Professional Master in Conservation and Sustainability and MBA in Social and Environmental Business. It trained more than 6.4 thousand people since 1996 - more than 300 with scholarships. With a Scholarship Fund, we will promote this knowledge to more students, transforming them into professionals which promote innovative solutions that contribute to a fair, caring and sustainable Brazilian Society.

Long-Term Impact

With this campaign, we will start the ESCAS Scholarship Fund, which will be continuous from now. With it, we will amplify school capacity to give socio-environmental knowledge to more students in a long term. We aim to benefit 20 with scholarships. And this is only the beginning, a seed that can grow to benefit more. The proposal is empower a mass of highly qualified professionals in the socio-environmental field to revert the negative impact and socio-environmental losses for the past decades.



IPÊ annual report 2017. Bilingual edition (Portuguese / English), with projects, testimonials of beneficiaries and partners and what we have developed in favor of Brazilian biodiversity together with supporters, communities, donors, students and teachers from ESCAS, researchers and all those who help transform the socio-environmental reality in Brazil.
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*From World Economic Forum on Latin America website

Suzana Padua
Claudio Valladares Padua

One of the greatest riches of Latin American countries is their biodiversity. Nevertheless, it rarely contributes to the economic development of the nations that make up the region. 

In Brazil, according to official statistics, not one of the 10 main exports in 2016 had its origin in the country’s biodiversity. Instead, the emphasis has been on products that require transformation or even, and this is the worst scenario, the destruction of biodiversity itself. The result is of low cost products with little added value, such as monocultures, extensive cattle raising, and mining.

While we insist on this economic formula, the world marches on towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with its incredible developments in genetics and biology. Despite holding outstanding genetic materials, our countries are losing momentum and failing to capitalise on our natural riches. This is down to a lack of understanding that there is a need beyond saving those materials, which is not even being done effectively. We must use our biodiversity innovatively and sustainably. What is even better, we can do so by conserving our biodiversity and maintaining our ecosystems.



The Black Lion Tamarin Conservation Program, developed in Pontal do Paranapanema by IPÊ, has been awarded a $ 25,000 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) as a part of the Fund’s focus on reversing the decline of at-risk wildlife around the world.

The funds will support the Program’s research, environmental education and conservation activities to protect black lion tamarin monkeys in the Atlantic Forest corridor, which was established by the IPÊ and now includes more than 2.3 million trees. For black lion tamarins, food sources (fruit, insects and small vertebrates) and sleeping sites (tree holes) are vital habitat components that directly affect the number of individuals that can live in an area. Since many of the planted forests in Pontal may not have trees that are large and old enough to have hollows that these monkeys can use as sleeping sites, the Black Lion Tamarin team is now developing and testing artificial dens (nest boxes), to be installed in the planted forest corridor in the future to promote the use of such areas by the species.

The first boxes were recently installed within the home range of a black lion tamarin group that has been monitored by the team since 2013. The boxes were attached to trees along the monkeys’ previously-identified routes. Now, the team will monitor how the animals interact with the boxes using both camera traps and direct observation. These activities are part of a larger project that aims to increase the availability of resources for black lion tamarins in the restored areas in Pontal.

“Along with the testing of the boxes, we will start a study, in partnership with the Laboratory of Primatology (UNESP Rio Claro), to characterize the hollows chosen as sleeping sites by the tamarins, considering the effects of predation, thermoregulation, distribution of resources and the need to defend their territory. With this information in hand we will be able to strategically choose the best design for the boxes and the best sites to place them in the restored areas to promote the use of such areas by species that need predator-safe sleeping sites”, explains Gabriela Rezende, the BLT project coordinator.

The Disney Conservation Fund focuses on reversing the decline of wildlife and increasing the time kids spend in nature. Since its inception in 1995, DCF has provided approximately $65 million to support conservation programs in 115 countries. Projects were selected to receive awards based on their efforts to study wildlife, protect habitats and develop community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems around the world. For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature and a complete list of grant recipients, visit ww.disney.com/conservation.