Amigos de Iracambi is a Brazilian registered non-profit (also registered in the US as a 501c3) located in one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots, Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Our objective is to figure out better ways of forest care and protect our extraordinary biodiversity while generating forest-based incomes and raising living standards for local communities. Our base is the Iracambi Research Center, located in a protected area which includes old growth and succession forest, swamps and partially cleared land.
Iracambi is a member of the Organization of Tropical Studies and the Organization of Biological Field Stations. Iracambi’s many partners include universities and training colleges in the US and Brazil, national and international foundations and companies, friends and advisers around the world, local, regional and state authorities in Minas Gerais, environmental NGOs, community based tourism groups, chambers of commerce, rural workers unions and farmers associations.
Facilities at the Center include accommodation for 28 researchers, volunteers and visitors, computer lab/classroom, field laboratory, our multi-use Forest House, restaurant, forest nursery, system of forest trails and a GIS. We also own the Pico da Graminha Forest Reserve, approximately three km from the Center, where we our Mountain House serves as a base for our research into sustainable production of honey and açai, as well as providing hammock space for researchers and visitors.