Iracambi Atlantic Rainforest Research & Conservation Center
Our Mission Statement: to work with our community to make conservation of the forest more attractive than its destruction.
One of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots, the Atlantic Rainforest is in a critical condition, and so are the people who live there. Our vision is one of thriving communities in a flourishing landscape.
Iracambi Rainforest Center, home to non-profit Amigos de Iracambi registered in Brazil, the US and the UK, is situated in one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots, the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. Our vision is to see this beautiful forest restored, with thriving communities living sustainably in a thriving landscape. The background to our work is the 3,000 km sq Rural Development Territory of the Serra do Brigadeiro, an area the size of the state of Rhode Island, which encircles the Serra do Brigadeiro State Park - home to the world's largest population of the highly endangered Woolly Spider Monkey. It’s an area of extraordinary biodiversity, abundant water resources and a patchwork of small family farms.
Current projects include forest protection and conservation (International Union for the Conservation of Nature- Netherlands, SOS Mata Atlântica, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy), our environmental education program , Junior Scientists (Global Giving) and student interchanges (100K Strong in the Americas, Science Without Borders). Twenty five years living and working in a threatened forest environment have taught us what data to collect to provide baseline studies for use in the growing field of ecosystem service payments. We are now focusing on:
· monitoring forests (old growth rainforest, succession forest, shade coffee, eucalyptus with native forest and swampland):
· monitoring hydrology as an indicator of the impacts of conservation management and
· inventorying our fauna and flora.
In the Serra do Brigadeiro range of mountains in the south-east of the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The Center is near the village of Rosário da Limeira, about 40 km west of the town of Muriaé. The geographic coordinatesof the Center are 20º55.353 S 42º32.303 W.
The facility consists of: Dormitory building with accommodation for 8, plus four four-bed cabins;Classroom with computer network (24 hour internet access);Field lab;Dining hall with restaurant service;Forest tree nursery;Network of forest trails with access to differentsampling plots:stream/swamp, old growth andsuccession forests, shade coffee, eucalyptus with native forestand a private forest reserve.
The Volunteer program is open ended nad runs all the year round. Volunteers may choose their own time of arrival and departure, though we do stipulate a minimum stay of one month.