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Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development
The Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development (IDSM) was founded in Abril of 1999. It is a Social organization financed and overseen by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC), as one of the Ministry’s research institutes. Since its foundation, the Mamirauá Institute carries out its activities through research, management and extension programs in the Middle Solimoes region, state of Amazonas, Brazil.
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The administrative building was the first to be constructed on the campus in 2004 and has been home to diverse administrative and leadership teams. As of 2018, the building hosts the Administrative Director, along with the following teams: Human Resources, Infrastructure and Logistics, Purchasing, Finance and Accounting.
Technological and Vocational Training Center (CVT)
The CVT was inaugurated in 2014 and represents the first vocational training center in Amazonas state. It focuses on the technical training and development of rural youth who work with natural resource management in Amazonia.
Biological and Terrestrial Research Collections
As the name indicates, this building houses the institute’s biological collections and associated research offices; it is also home to the Center for Innovation and Sustainable Technologies. The Forest Ecology, Reptilian Biology, Terrestrial Vertebrate and Microbiology laboratories are also found here.
This building is home to researchers working with aquatic mammals, fish and sustainable technologies. The water quality, fish biology, and aquatic mammal laboratories are also found here.
Natural Research Management and Social Research
This building houses researchers and practitioners who provide technical support for the management of natural resources and improving the quality of life for riverine populations in the region. The research offices of social scientists and those working with agriculture are also found here.
José Márcio Ayres Memorial
Inaugurated in 2009, the memorial was built by José Márcio Ayres’ family. The memorial space displays important documents, images, and prizes from the life of biologist José Márcio Ayres (from Pará state) who played a key role in creating the Mamirauá and Amanã reserves during the 1990s.
The José Márcio Ayres Building
The building is named after the founder of the Mamirauá Institute and hosts a growing team of Archeologists in addition to the IDSM Ethnographic Collections. It also houses the Communications and Information Technology departments.
The café is a social gathering space for the professionals who work at the Mamirauá Institute, and is open from Monday to Friday, serving breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Henry Walter Bates Library
The library collection consists of more than 21 thousand titles and specializes in literature on Amazonia’s whitewater floodplains (várzea), ecology, and the environment. The library was named after the English naturalist Henry Walter Bates who lived in Tefé for nearly five years during the 19th century.