IPE

Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas

On October 6th, Suzana Padua received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award during an event at the University of Florida (UF), United States. The president of IPÊ was honored by the Council of Former Students of the Center for Latin American Studies (LAS) of the University, which recognizes former university students whose achievements over the years have had a significant impact in their field in a regional, state or national.

The award recognized the leadership role and service to the community and society of Suzana, as well as the significant achievements in his career, his history in training for conservation and environmental education through the foundation of IPÊ, the environmental education program and the ESCAS - School of Environmental Conservation and Sustainability.

With a master's degree from the University of Florida (UF) in 1991, focusing on environmental education and, later, a Ph.D. from the University of Brasília (UnB), in 2004, Suzana published more than 50 articles and guided 30 Master's his career to date. Because of actions that influenced the socio-environmental transformation and the lives of many students, professionals and members of the rural community, especially women, was recognized by 17 national and international awards. The work with her husband, Claudio Padua, developing pioneering graduate programs was inspired by the interdisciplinary training they received at the UF Latin American Studies Center and the Center's Conservation and Tropical Development (TCD) program.

"I am extremely happy for this award, which I share with the entire IPÊ team and our partners because we do nothing alone. The Center for Latin American Studies and TCD influenced Claudio and I tremendously. When we were setting up the short-term curriculum for IPÊ, Masters and even the MBA, we used our interdisciplinary experience at UF as the basis for what we wanted to offer. This is how social and environmental issues become inseparable, giving life more meaning and value", said Suzana.

Created in 2002 in Acre, the Extractive Reserve (Resex) of Cazumbá-Iracema occupies almost 40% of the territory of Sena Madureira. The area is home to 350 families who have fought and are struggling to conserve the forest and their chestnut trees, from which they derive their livelihood.

Four years ago, through the project Participatory Biodiversity Monitoring, carried out in partnership with the ICMBio (Chico Mendes Institute of Biodiversity Conservation), IPÊ came to further support the on-site conservation process. To this end, it develops training of monitors and workshops for the implementation and improvement of protocols for monitoring chestnuts. Check out VIDEO

With the project, the communities are the protagonist of your lives and create their own futures. The residents and extractivists collect data and know the time and the right way to collect the nuts, so that extractivism is carried out in a sustainable way.

This practice was the result of an integration between the traditional knowledge of the populations living in Resex and the learning with the courses of the project. Young people and adults are engaged to maintain the forest and chestnut trees.

"Our greatest legacy for Resex was to provide the exchange of knowledge and to bring even more information. The courses on chestnut tree management and how to apply the protocol to carry out monitoring were very important for the process of engaging people in the conservation of chestnuts. With information, they have greater care, they know the right time to cut and what to cut in the chestnuts, ensuring that the resource stays in this protcted area for longer", says Ilnaiara Gonçalves de Sousa, IPÊ's field researcher. The Participatory Biodiversity Monitoring is supported by USAID, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and ARPA.

The campaign for the Scholarship Fund of ESCAS/IPÊ (School of Environmental Conservation and Sustainability) begins today, September 10th. The proposal is to raise funds to enable new students interested in training conservation and sustainability the chance to study in one of the reference schools in the theme. Donate now!

The world face many socio and environmental challenges like loss of biodiversity and forests, high pollution and diseases. Young students in Brazil have transformative ideas for these challenges, but many don't have opportunity to develop it due to lack of resources to seek more knowledge and guidance. ESCAS - School of Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, is a place to them. With a Scholarship Fund, we will benefit students with education for sustainability to them change the world.

Challenge

Hundreds of young students in Brazil have transformative ideas for the socio-environmental challenges in the world and many talented students have a great potential to pursue sustainability inside the world work. However, many of them do not have the opportunity to develop these ideas due to lack of resources to seek more knowledge and guidance. This project will offer 20 scholarships in ESCAS - School of Conservation and Sustainability, a place where the science is for and with the society.

Solution

ESCAS promotes socio-environmental and sustainability knowledge in Brazil through short courses, Professional Master in Conservation and Sustainability and MBA in Social and Environmental Business. It trained more than 6.4 thousand people since 1996 - more than 300 with scholarships. With a Scholarship Fund, we will promote this knowledge to more students, transforming them into professionals which promote innovative solutions that contribute to a fair, caring and sustainable Brazilian Society.

Long-Term Impact

With this campaign, we will start the ESCAS Scholarship Fund, which will be continuous from now. With it, we will amplify school capacity to give socio-environmental knowledge to more students in a long term. We aim to benefit 20 with scholarships. And this is only the beginning, a seed that can grow to benefit more. The proposal is empower a mass of highly qualified professionals in the socio-environmental field to revert the negative impact and socio-environmental losses for the past decades.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-a-fund-for-20-young-sustainability-students/

 

IPÊ annual report 2017. Bilingual edition (Portuguese / English), with projects, testimonials of beneficiaries and partners and what we have developed in favor of Brazilian biodiversity together with supporters, communities, donors, students and teachers from ESCAS, researchers and all those who help transform the socio-environmental reality in Brazil.
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*From World Economic Forum on Latin America website

Suzana Padua
Claudio Valladares Padua

One of the greatest riches of Latin American countries is their biodiversity. Nevertheless, it rarely contributes to the economic development of the nations that make up the region. 

In Brazil, according to official statistics, not one of the 10 main exports in 2016 had its origin in the country’s biodiversity. Instead, the emphasis has been on products that require transformation or even, and this is the worst scenario, the destruction of biodiversity itself. The result is of low cost products with little added value, such as monocultures, extensive cattle raising, and mining.

While we insist on this economic formula, the world marches on towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with its incredible developments in genetics and biology. Despite holding outstanding genetic materials, our countries are losing momentum and failing to capitalise on our natural riches. This is down to a lack of understanding that there is a need beyond saving those materials, which is not even being done effectively. We must use our biodiversity innovatively and sustainably. What is even better, we can do so by conserving our biodiversity and maintaining our ecosystems.

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