A year for strengthening

The year of 2020 was one of challenges that had never been imagined, both to the environment and to society.
But to all of us at IPÊ it was a year that strengthened the conviction of the importance of our work for biodiversity and, thus, to contribute to mitigation of the climate crisis. It was a period in which we adapted, were recognized for our efforts, and pushed on ahead, acting together, each one of us according to his or her talent, ability and passion. In this report, we show the main results of this unforgettable year.
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Lessons of 2020

Suzana Pádua,

IPÊ exists to unite people and nature

Eduardo Ditt,
executive secretary

Where we are

See where our initiatives are

Our impact


people benefited
from IPÊ’s initiatives per year
(last 5 years)

3.7 million

trees planted
in the Atlantic Forest, conserving
local fauna and water resources


species of the fauna directly
investigated, generating benefits
for other species

Over 7,000

people trained
at IPÊ’s school


Apart from housing the IPÊ headquarters and the ESCAS campus, Nazaré Paulista is the focus of actions for the Cantareira System, to promote water security for over 12 million people.

  • Cultivation of native trees in watershed areas
  • Mapping of the socio-environmental situation
  • Environmental education in municipal schools
  • Training for more sustainable productive systems

In the cities of Nova Iguaçu and Duque de Caxias, in the Baixada FLuminense, we worked on implementing 100 hectares of agroforestry systems in 33 settlements, small properties and rural communities.


In Guaranésia (Minas Gerais), we implemented a model silvopastoral farm to promote and clarify sustainable dairy farming aligned with the plantation of native trees.


In Brasília, we have a regional office.


In Pontal do Paranapanema, we developed management of landscapes, balancing economic gains with maintenance of ecosystem services and conservation of threatened species.

  • The largest green corridor in the Atlantic Forest
  • Conservation of the black lion tamarin
  • Implementation of agroforestry systems
  • Environmental Education

In the Pantanal and Cerrado, we have developed initiatives for conservation of three endangered species, involving research, environmental education, tourism and training:

We also promoted sustainable livestock farming in the region.


In the South of Bahia, in Porto Seguro, ESCAS offers a Professional Master’s in Conservation of Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.

There are already 67 masters graduated from ESCAS Bahia campus. Most of them under full scholarships.


In the AMAZON, we operated in solutions that integrate society, management of protected areas and conservation.

  • Lira - Greater effectiveness in the management of protected areas, with integrated work and work in a network
  • MPB - Monitoring of biodiversity with participation of local communities
  • MOSUC - Management of Protected Areas with support and engagement of society

Landscape Restoration

Pontal do Paranapanema, in the west of São Paulo state, was where it all started. There, we started actions to protect the black lion tamarin, endemic to the region, and, from there, almost 30 years ago, we created the IPÊ. Today, we work with the Dream Map, which will concentrate 40,000 hectares of green fragments, and we take knowledge on agroforestry systems to local producers. Thus, one of the Atlantic Forest regions most affected by deforestation can already see encouraging results for nature, with forestry corridors, and also for the population, with generation of income.

In Pontal do

IPÊ operates on conservation of the black lion tamarin and all fauna and flora, as well as taking sustainable economics practices to producers and contributing to mitigation of climate change. Our achievements:

The main Atlantic Forest corridor reforested in Brazil: 2.4 million trees and 12 kilometers.

We have already planted and influenced the planting of 3,220 hectares, among them active plantations, enrichment and passive restoration. That means: 4 million trees.

The classification of the black lion tamarin has improved in the Red List, going from “critically endangered” to “endangered”.

Support in establishment of the Black Lion Tamarin Ecological Station and other Protected Areas.

Inclusion of environmental education in the school curriculum in Teodoro Sampaio.

Over 500 people benefited with sustainable alternatives for production and income, 354 in 2020 alone.


Nazaré Paulista and Cantareira System

Nazaré Paulista
and Cantareira System

To promote the resilience of the Cantareira System and the water safety of all those who depend on it, we have been working to stunt environmental degradation and recover watershed areas. What we have done:

Plantation of 370,000 trees native to the Atlantic Forest in watershed areas

7,300 people (students, educators, producers) benefitted by training and environmental campaigns

We have taken environmental education to 100% of schools
in Nazaré Paulista


From Nazaré Paulista (São Paulo state), where the IPÊ is headquartered, we operate in benefit of the Cantareira System, which supplies water to 7.6 million people in the metropolitan region of the city of São Paulo alone. We contributed to stunt environmental degradation, recover watershed areas, conserve the fauna and flora, and promote water safety for all who depend on it. This includes farmers and the population of eight cities that are included in the system: Nazaré Paulista, Piracaia, Joanópolis, Bragança Paulista, Mairiporã (in São Paulo state), and Camanducaia, Extrema and Itapeva (in Minas Gerais state).

We promoted the largest mapping of the socio-environmental situation in the system and know that there is a deficit of 35 million trees in the Permanent Protection Areas (PPAs) in Cantareira. That is why we have such intense action in forest restoration and sharing of sustainable agriculture and livestock produce with farmers. Furthermore, we reached hundreds of students with free environmental education.

These initiatives are conducted by the Sowing Water Project, with the support of the Petrobras Socio-environmental Program and Caterpillar Foundation. Today, due to the project, 15 properties in the region have more sustainable models for use of soil. “We understand that conserving this natural resource is our mission,” says Luca Mantovanelli, a farmer from Nazaré Paulista.

In Cantareira, we operate for reduction of the impacts of climate change in the territory. We are studying actions to increase the resilience of ecosystem services and are working alongside farmers in adaptation to the impacts that are already being felt. With the support of Fapesp and the Forestry Foundation, we have also started an evaluation of the impact of climate change in the Atlantic Forest in seven Protected Areas in the Cantareira Continuum.

We always incentivize the articulation between the civil society, private initiative, states and cities for the socio-economic development of the region. In the year, we have contributed and taken proposals to the city of Nazaré Paulista, to the Technical Chambers of the PCJ Committee and to the São Paulo state Environmental Parliamentary Front. We have also created a communications network for researchers and managers of Protected Areas who work in the Cantareira Continuum, in partnership with the Forestry Foundation, stimulating the exchange of experience.

Sowing Water actions in 2020:

Activities like environmental education were paralyzed due to the pandemic, but we advanced in several sectors, like public policies and technical assistance to landowners.

65 people

benefitted through environmental education

15 owners

and their families benefitted by rural extensionism

1,600 trees

planted in watershed PPAs - most with Tree Nation.

Learn more!

+ 5 new

demonstrative units implemented (small properties that adopted more sustainable productive systems)

Conservation of Species
Pantanal and Cerrado

of Species

IPÊ, from the Pantanal and the Cerrado (the Brazilian savannah), contributes to the global effort for conservation of species and ecosystems, through research, promotion of knowledge, articulation with the society, and influence in the creation of public policies for three emblematic species. View our activities:

Lowland tapir:
in 25 years, we established the world's most complete data bank on the species

Giant armadillo:
collection of new information that helps plan conservation

Giant anteater:
monitoring and campaigns to stop roadkill


Lowland tapir

Lowland tapir

The IPÊ’s LTCI – Lowland Tapir Conservation Initiative, has been in operation for 25 years and is now the world's main research and conservation program for this mammal. In Pantanal, Cerrado and Atlantic Forest, we worked on:

genetic samples in our “biobank”

photographs and videos of tapirs obtained by camera traps

different tapirs captured and sampled (35 in the Atlantic Forest, 102 in the Pantanal, and 35 in the Cerrado)

104 tapirs
monitored by telemetry


Preservation of the lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) is essential for maintenance of biodiversity: not by chance, it is called the forest’s gardener, as it fulfills an important function as a dispenser of seeds. The tapir is also an ambassador for promoting conservation of all biomes in which it finds itself.

The main threats are loss of habitat, roadkill, and contamination by pesticides, especially in the Cerrado. In the Pantanal, in turn, the tapir population and the environment in which they live are healthier and, therefore, the data collected there is important for the establishment of strategies and public policies for conservation around the world.

Giant Armadillo

Giant Armadillo

The giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) is the largest among the 20 known species of armadillos. To conserve this species, IPÊ is studying and developing actions in partnership with the Institute for Wildlife Conservation (ICAS), in Pantanal, in the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado. Learn about our accomplishments over ten years:

The species is currently one of the most used mammals to guide THE ESTABILSHMENT OF PROTECTED AREAS and corridors for conservation in Mato Grosso do Sul

2,500 STUDENTS from 50 public schools were benefitted with environmental education

Our information is used in PUBLIC POLICIES, like the National Action Plan for the Giant Armadillo, whose objective is to minimize the threats to species in the country

OVER 80 BIOLOGISTS AND VETS were trained for the project


In 2020, we celebrated the first decade of the project for conservation of the giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus). This animal, which may grow as large as 1.5 meter in length and weigh over 50 kilograms, is the largest of the 20 known species of armadillos, and classified as vulnerable in the red list of endangered species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

We documented the important part of these animals as engineers of the ecosystem and we generated consistent data about the animal's spatial ecology and selection of habitats. Studies on health, genetics, diet and reproduction complete this research which is a reference in Brazil. The work has already generated national and international awards.

Giant Anteater

Giant Anteater

Project Bandeiras e Rodovias (Armadillos and Highways), the main IPÊ initiative for the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla), in the Cerrado, is aimed at reducing roadkill of this species. The project is developed in partnership with ICAS - the Wildlife Conservation Institute. View our main activities:

Since 2017, 44 GIANT ANTEATERS WERE MONITORS to understand their movement, especially close to highways

223 COLLABORATORS were trained to operate on highway BR-163, in monitoring activities


Roadkill and accidents with giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) and other species on the highways of Mato Grosso do Sul reached alarming levels. Therefore, IPÊ and ICAS - the Institute for Wildlife Conservation runs project Bandeiras e Rodovias (Anteaters and Highways) in the region. The initiative monitors highways every 15 days to know where most collisions occur.

On evaluation of these occurrences, the project manages to identify solutions to the problem and take it to decision makers and formulators of public policies, as well as alerting and informing the local population and highway users. Roads should become safer not just to animals, but also to people.

Research and Development

We carried out a research project at Pontal do Paranapanema (SP), on economic and monetary valuation of ecosystem services. The studies are carried out in the forest restoration area of ​​the company CTG Brasil and assess how much this action reduces, in terms of environmental damage, mitigation costs and how it brings new business opportunities. As part of this study, we use camera traps and standalone recorders to capture images and sounds of the local biodiversity, as well as technologies to assess carbon stocks in forests.  The initiatives are in partnership with FEALQ - Luiz de Queiroz Agrarian Studies Foundation, ESALQ, Federal University of Lavras and GVCes, Getúlio Vargas Foundation. For the same project, in 2020, we carried out a study of the multifunctionalities of different types of forest (such as agroforestry systems and those undergoing natural regeneration). With other partners, such as Newfor, we are also mapping 4,500 hectares of forests to study these typologies. As next steps, the project will assess how forest restoration actions contribute to the social relations of local communities (social ecosystem services), as this is a way to adapt the planning of business interventions to the socioeconomic and cultural context of the territory that receive them, strengthening relationships and reducing reputational risks.

Sustainable Livestock

In Brazil, cattle occupies 75% of agricultural land. Climate change and the growing demand for high-quality products with social and environmental responsibility indicate that we urgently need to build sustainable livestock, using environmentally friendly models that bring:

productivity and profitability


of environmental goods and ecosystem services

of fragile and marginal land for ecological restoration

IPÊ seeks to promote these good practices, with actions in Minas Gerais and in areas of the Pantanal.

In 2020, we started the Sustainable Landscapes in the Pantanal, project, in partnership with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. The proposal is to understand what these landscapes are and accelerate the process of certification of sustainable farms, joining efforts with Embrapa Pantanal to expand the certification of Fazenda Pantaneira Sustentável.

Certifications can mainly bring economic benefits to farm owners, such as easier credit and reduced taxes.

In partnership with Danone Brasil, we implemented a silvopastoral farm model. The process took place at Fazenda Gordura, in the city of Guaranesia (Minas Gerais). “Flora Project: Accelerating and Adopting Sustainable Livestock Farming with Specialized Training in Brazil” is an initiative in collaboration with the Forestry and Environmental Studies School of Yale University and its Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI) alongside the Centre for Research in Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems (CIPAV), from Colombia. The idea is that the pilot becomes a model to other farms.

The pilot project is taking place on Caio Rivetti’s property. Born in São Paulo, he studied Agroeconomics and, after working in the financial market, decided to dedicate himself fully to his farm and to dairy in Minas Gerais. In the silvopastoral project, he saw an opportunity to expand initiatives that he had been developing on his property, in the form of organic dairy farming, and the cultivation of trees in Legal Preservation Areas and Permanent Preservation Areas. Of his 170 hectares, 40 are already covered in forests.

“It is greatly connected to what we want for the farm, and is an innovative proposal, because we do not use eucalyptus for lumber, as is the case in the most common systems in Brazil. The IPÊ technique, developed with the team from Colombia, aims to use native Atlantic Forest species in a more complex system, which involves forests and ecosystem, granting a function for the forest, be it for pollination, or for cattle fodder,” he explains. Learn more..

Integrated Solutions in the Amazon


We established Integrated Solutions to strengthen protected areas, especially in the Amazon, connecting managers, governments, civil society institutions, companies and communities close to the areas. There are three main projects:

we supported the management of federal Protected Areas throughout Brazil, with incentives to social participation

we brought greater effectiveness to the management of protected areas, with integrated work and networking in the Amazon

we monitored biodiversity in the Amazon with the contribution of local communities


18 Conservation Units

(12,600 ha) with biodiversity monitored by the MPB

320 families

benefitted in the Lower Rio Negro project

Over 4,000

benefitted by the Participative Monitoring of Biodiversity

Over 30,000

people registered in the national volunteer registry

Potential to benefit over


people in the LIRA Project

IPÊ projects in the Amazon exist because of the importance of the biome to biodiversity, to climate regulation, and to the people who live in the region and around the rest of the country. It is essential to preserve it and, at the same time, promote improvement for the local populations. Our focus is to consolidate the protected areas through solutions that link managers, public organizations, organizations of the civil society, and, especially, local communities that are heard in their needs and suggestions.

Solutions throughout the country

We also promoted the consolidation of protected areas in other regions of the country. In project Motivation and Success in the Management of Protected Areas (MOSUC), we incentivized the sharing of good practices in management of Protected Areas since 2012, operating alongside ICMBio.

With ICMBio, we also created a national registry of volunteers who want to operate in places like national parks and research centers, at a total of 260 sites.


Education is in the IPÊ’s DNA, and, for 24 years, our school, ESCAS, has been sharing knowledge and ideas among people who aim to operate in favor of socio-environmental transformation. View our figures:

ESCAS, since 1996

7,084 benefited

334 benefited with
full and partial

152 masters

66 MBA


Our education activities exist because, with time, we accumulated valuable learning that we felt could be shared. Knowledge in socio-environmental matters is fundamental, as it permeates all of our lives.

Our perspective is strong operation in higher education, as its premise is the improvement of new forms of thinking about knowledge, through collection of information, reflection and exchanges between people. Our students put their learning into practice, promoting transformation in the surrounding area.

ESCAS, our Faculty for Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, offers short courses, a Professional Master's in Conservation of Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, and an MBA in Management of Socio-environmental Business.

We also promote courses in partnership with international universities, like Columbia University and Colorado Boulder University, as well as in company training for professionals in the area of sustainability, so that they may incorporate the theme into products and services.

With the pandemic, it was necessary to adapt ESCAS to the virtual environment, fully or partially. But, even there, we aimed to promote an atmosphere of belonging and closer ties between people to create a broad search for transformative knowledge. And we did so. Renovation, transformation and resilience were the words that marked ESCAS in 2020.


We promote initiatives to engage society in social and environmental causes and generate income in different communities, through partnerships established by our Business Department. In 2020, due to the pandemic, many actions were impacted, but we didn't stop. With our partners, we innovate and transform ourselves to carry on with the activities.


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IPÊ is committed to the
U.N. Global Agenda

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) need to be implemented across every country in the world within the next 15 years, by 2030. Our projects contribute to the following SDG's: