The Mamirauá Institute

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 and Innovation (MCTI), as one of the Ministry’s research institutes. Since its foundation, the Mamirauá Institute carries out its activities through research, management and extension programs that serve the Mamirauá and Amanã sustainable development reserves in the Middle Solimoes region, state of Amazonas, Brazil. Together the reserves total and area of 3,474,000 ha. Through cooperative agreements with the State government of Amazonas, the Mamirauá institute supports the management of these reserves.

Rafael Forte
Everson Tavares
Rafael Forte


    "To promote scientific research regarding biodiversity, management and conservation of natural resources in Amazonia through participatory and sustainable methods".



    “To be an institution of national and international reference in sustainable development for biodiversity conservation and improvement of the quality of life for Amazonian populations, with physical, financial and human resources consolidated”.



    Ethics; Cooperation; Respect; Responsibility; Competence; Daring; Seriousness


Luiz Claudio Marigo

• The primatologist José Márcio Ayres begins his studies in the floodplains of the Middle Solimões Region.

Marcelo Ismar Santana

• The Mamirauá Ecological Station (EEM) is created.

• The Mamirauá Project is developed.


• The Mamirauá Civil Society Organization (SCM) is founded.


• EEM carries out its first General Assembly.

Luiz Claudio Marigo

• The Mamirauá Ecological Station is transformed into the Mamirauá Sustainable Reserve (RDSM).

• SCM publishes the reserve’s first management plan.

• SCM coordinates the Ecological Corridors Pilot Project for the Protection of Brazil’s Tropical Forests (PPG7).

André Dib

• The Amazonas state government creates the Amanã Sustainable Development Reserve.


• The Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development is founded.

• The president of the Republic, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, transforms the Mamirauá Institute into a Social Organization linked to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT).

Rafael Forte

• A categoria RDS é aprovada pelo Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservação (SNUC).

• Environmental Award Von Martins with the project "Mamirauá Management Plan".


• The first contract is signed between the Mamirauá institute and MCT.

• The pirarucu management system is replicated in Santarém (PA) and English Guyana.


• The president of the Republic, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, visits the Mamirauá Reserve.

• José Márcio Ayres é agraciado com o Prêmio Rolex por suas realizações no âmbito da ciência para a conservação.

• Prêmio Milton Santos de Saúde em reconhecimento à promoção de saúde de populações ribeirinhas. 


• The Institute’s new headquarters building is inaugurated, built with resources obtained from the MCT’s Financing of Studies and Projects program (FINEP/MCT).

• Experimental alligator slaughter begins.

• The Mamirauá Institute promotes its 1st Annual Research Seminar and structures its research groups.


• Reserve residents assume responsibility for the organization of general assemblies with support from the Mamirauá Institute and other institutions.


• The Institute’s first Master plan is elaborated with the intention of consolidating its involvement in the Science and Technology scenario in Amazonia.


• A census of the Mamirauá Reserve (864,000 ha) is conducted and zoning proposal elaborated.

• Reconhecimento da Prefeitura Municipal de Tefé pelos serviços prestados à sociedade tefeense. 


• Inauguration of first research building constructed with financing from FINEP/MCT occurs.

• Online tracking of managed pirarucu begins.

Marcello Nicolato

• The jungle laboratory in Amanã Reserve is constructed.


• The Mamiruá institute promotes the 1st Seminar on Community Forestry Management for floodplain (várzea) areas with the support of other institutions.

• State government of Amazonas formalizes the creation of the Deliberative Council of the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve. .

• The researcher Robinson Botero-Arias is awarded the "Castillo´s Conservation Prize", during the 20th Meeting of Crocodilian Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), conducted in Manaus (AM).

Marcelo Ismar Santana

• In June, the Amazonas state government signs resolution nº 008, 06/22/2011 of the State Council for the Environment (CEMAAM) along with the normative ruling nº 001, de 06/29/2011, which regulates the management, slaughter and processing of alligators in state conservation areas. The rulings stemmed from discussions of a working group created in January with participation from the Mamirauá Institute.

• The fisheries program of the Mamirauá Institute is awarded by the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention of the United Nations for its initiative involving pirarucu management.

• Inclusão do “Sistema de Bombeamento e Abastecimento de Água com Energia Solar” no banco de Tecnologias Sociais da Fundação Banco do Brasil. 


• Filming was conducted in the Mamirauá Reserve for “Mamirauá” by O2 Filmes solicited by Brazilian federal government to be presented during Rio +20 in June.

• The 1st International Seminar on the Conservation and Management of Pirarucu occurred in Manaus (AM).

• The Mamirauá Institute wins the Finep Prize for Innovation in 2012 for its experimental Water Pumping System that consists of a solar water pump using photovoltaic technologies.

Júnia Chaves

• The most recent addition to institutional infrastructure, the Terrestrial Research and Biological Collections building, is constructed and occupied in November 2013.

• The Mamirauá Institute participates in an international effort, along with other partners from Latin American countries, to inventory aquatic mammal populations in different river basins in Amazonia.

• The first trials of photovoltaic systems linked to the public electric grid in all of Amazonia begin. This experiment is carried out on the Mamirauá Institute’s campus in Tefé with support from the Study Group for the Development of Alternative Energy - GEDAE/UFPA.

• In the category of Accessory in Communication, the Mamirauá Institute wins the 4th Fapeam Prize of Scientific Journalism, 2013.

• IDSM a finalist for the Milton Cordeiro Prize of Journalism for its news piece 'Pesquisa analisa condições de pesca para viabilizar manejo de aruanãs no estado do Amazonas'.

• The Mamirauá researcher, Felipe Ennes Silva, wins the Liza Viega Prize for Conservation awarded at the 2nd Latin American Primatology Conference in Recife (PE) from the 5th to 9th of August.

Everson Tavares

• The first Business Incubator for Sustainable Businesses in the interior of Amazonia seeking to support the transfer of technologies to benefit the Middle Solimões region takes place.

• The Technological Vocational Center opened and received its first class during the first semester of 2014.

• Marks the beginning of 15-year anniversary celebrations of the Mamirauá Institute.

• The Mamirauá Institute enters Brazil’s Google Social Impact Challenge with its Solar Ice Machine project.

Emiliano Ramalho

• The Mamirauá Institute and partner institutions promote the second edition of the Youth Conservationist Prize in Tefé; the spotted jaguar was chosen as this year’s theme.

• The Institute is awarded the National Biodiversity prize from the Ministry of the Environment for its “Amazonian Manatee Conservation” initiative.

• IDSM receives the IGUi Environmental prize for the “Amazonian aquatic turtles: life adapted to the annual river flooding and drought cycles” initiative.

• Finalist for the Energy Globe Award and the Foundation of Bank Brazil’s Social Technology Prize, 2015 for its “Shared Fisheries Management” initiative.

• Awarded the Fapeam Scientific Journalism Prize, 2015 for the article “Elas na Pesca”.

• Finalist for the Professor Samuel Benchimol Prize and the Bank of Amazonia prize for Conscientious Entrepreneurship for the “Aeróstato Remoto de Telecomunicação e Sensoriamento para Inclusão Digital” project.

• Finalist for the "World Responsible Tourism Awards" for its “Pousada Uacari” initiative.

• Awarded the 2015 TOP sustainability prize by the Brazilian Association of Tourism Operators for its “Pousada Uacari” initiative.

• Paula Araujo of the Mamirauá Institute is awarded the “Green Talent” award by the German Ministry of the Environment.

• The institute is a finalist for the Milton Cordeiro Prize of Journalism for its article called 'Mãe perto, ninho protegido'.

• Acknowledgments for papers presented at the 16th Brazilian Primatology Conference occurring from November 9th to the 13th in Manaus: the Liza Veiga Prize awarded to Priscila Maria Pereira one of the authors of the study “Characterization of the slaughter of primates in traditional communities in Central Amazonia and 3rd place (Honorable Mention) to Fernanda Paim, one of the authors of the study “Monitoring of a threatened species of squirrel monkey (Saimiri vanzolinii) in a conservation area in Central Amazonia”.

Amanda Lelis

• Gilberto Kassab, the Minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC), visits in June of 2016.

• The master’s program in Humanities (Theory, History and Cultural Criticism) of the State University of Amazonas begins in partnership with IDSM.

• The researcher Miriam Marmontel of the Mamirauá Institute is endowed as the new president of the Latin American Society of Specialists in Aquatic Mammals (Solamac).

• Winner of the Best Paper of Ecology and Society Journal for an article on Youtube broadcasting of sport hunting practices of Brazilian mammals written by Hani El Bizri, Thaís Morcatty, João Valsecchi and Jéssica Lima of the Mamirauá Institute.

• Finalist for the St. Andrews prize for the Environment of the University of St. Andrews.

• Hani Bizri of the Mamirauá Institute was one of 25 youth selected by the German Ministry of Education and Research for a Green Talents Award.

Amanda Lelis

• In June, the selection committee chose the candidate João Valsecchi do Amaral, who at the time was the Technical-Scientific Director of IDSM, to be the Institute’s next Executive Director.

• The Mamirauá institute began to consolidate the Management Plan for the Amanã Sustainable Development Reserve in collaboration with Demuc and in partnership with Funio and the ARPA program.

• The Pousada Uacari, managed by the Mamirauá Institute and the communities from the Mamirauá Reserve, was the single Brazilian finalist of the Tourism for Tomorrow Award. The initiative ran in the “Community” category that recognizes organizations committed to the sustainable development of local populations. The award ceremony occurred in Argentina in April.

• In May, the National council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) announced the Mamirauá Institute as the winner of the 2018 José Reis Prize for Scientific and Technological Dissemination.

Laís Maia

• The Henry Walter Bates Library (IDSM) received a donation of more than 1,4000 books. The books were donated by Michael Goulding and were part of the researcher’s personal collection.

• The first experiments of the Providence project, an international research partnership led by the Mamirauá Institute, occurred in Abril in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, Amazonas state. Experiments were conducted in forest stretches of approximately 11,000 km².

• The Mamirauá Institute and WWF Brazil published the “Checklist of New Invertebrate Species and Plants of Amazonia (2014-2015)”. The document compiles Amazonian species described by researchers from various parts of Brazil and abroad.

• IDSM expands its monitoring activities of fish disembarkation (unloading) to other municipalities. Today, the monitoring system covers five municipalities, seeking to adequately represent fishing activities in Western Amazonas state.

• Inclusão do “Manejo Sustentável de Recursos Florestais Madeireiros em florestas de várzea” no banco de Tecnologias Sociais da Fundação Banco do Brasil. 

• Reconhecimento pelo Instituto Federal do Amazonas (IFAM-Tefé) ao Instituto Mamirauá como um “Amigo do IFAM”. 

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    Headquarters in Tefé (AM)

    The 4,000m² headquarters in Tefé (AM), with offices and facilities for research and collections, laboratories, library  and classrooms .


    Representation Office in Belém (PA)

    Rua Augusto Corrêa, n.º 1, Setor Profissional - Bairro Guamá
    66075-110 - Belém (PA) - Fone/fax: (91) 3201-8090 Ramal 7


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