| ||organisation: Institudo de Pesquisas Ecológicas (IPÊ) |
type of activity: ecological research, education & projects
what: the Institudo de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute for Ecological Research) is a non-profit organisation that works for the conservation of biodiversity in several Brazilian ecosystems. IPÊ's conservation work is of critical importance, considering the country's rich biodiversity and the need to work towards its conservation. Although most of IPÊ's projects are in the Atlantic Forests of the state of São Paulo, it has been active in many parts of Brazil. In early 2001, IPÊ was recognised as one of seven outstanding international programs at a UNESCO conference in New York.
who: the organisation was created in 1992 in Piracicaba, São Paulo by co-founders Claudio and Suzana Padua.
where: its headquarters have recently moved to Nazaré Paulista, a beautiful site, located only one and a half hours from the city of São Paulo. The building boasts offices, classrooms, and apartments for up to 28 students.
how: ”The notion that differentiates IPÊ's work from that of other programs is ‘collegiality’. All staff and board members maintain professionalism and total cooperation, even for mundane tasks, because all work is noble. In addition, IPÊ takes an ecological view of the human being, which ironically, is rare in environmental organizations” , declares Suzana Padua. IPÊ covers a wide range of activities:
IPÊ works with a small core of highly motivated professionals, each with a coordinator, a junior assistant, and a number of professionals hired on a project basis. The board of directors plays an important role in IPÊ's management, acting as a multidisciplinary group of consultants, available any time the institution needs their expertise.
- conducts research on rare and endangered species and implements conservation management plans to integrate wild and captive bred animals using reintroduction and translocation techniques;
- promotes environmental education programs among local communities;
- works with local landowners to convert their forest fragments into protected areas or private reserves;
- promotes training programs for professionals in conservation biology;
- restores, regenerates, and reconstructs habitat for endangered species.
getting involved: some environmental programs forget that homo sapiens compose a key part of the eco-system needing to be cherished and preserved. This organisation keeps human beings squarely in the picture, both in its programming and in its internal operations!