IPÊ – Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute of Ecological Research) is a Brazilian non-profit organization that works for the conservation of the country’s biodiversity, through science, education, and sustainable businesses. Founded in 1992, it is headquartered in Nazaré Paulista (São Paulo), where its education center is also located, ESCAS – Escola Superior de Conservação Ambiental e Sustentabilidade (Higher School of Environmental Conservation and Sustainability).
Present in the Atlantic Forest, Amazon, Pantanal, and Cerrado biomes, the Institute carries out around 30 projects a year, applying the IPÊ Conservation Model. It involves scientific research on species, environmental education, community involvement and mobilization, habitat and landscape conservation, and support for the construction of public policies. In addition to local projects, the Institute also implements work in several regions, following the themes: Protected Areas, Urban Areas, and Research & Development (Natural Capital and Biodiversity).
IPÊ is responsible for the plantation of more than 3 million trees in the Atlantic Forest, and it contributes directly to conserving six species of fauna. IPÊ also carries out environmental education and training for an average of 10,000 people per year. The projects benefit 200 families with sustainable actions and knowledge about environmental conservation.
The organization has partners from all sectors for the development of socio-environmental projects. It works as an articulator on fronts that promote engagement and mutual strengthening between socio-environmental organizations, the private sector, and government institutions.