Amigos de Iracambi is a non profit, registered in Brazil and in the US as a 501(c) (3) – situated in one of the world’s top biodiversity hotspots: the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Our goal is to discover better ways to care for the forest and protect our extraordinary biodiversity while generating forest based incomes and improving rural livelihoods. Our headquarters, in the Iracambi Research Center, is located in a protected area which includes old-growth and succession forest, swamps, and partially degraded land.
Iracambi is a member of the Organization of Tropical Studies and the Association of Biological Field Stations, and is also a Regional Center for the Pact for the Restoration of the Atlantic Forest. Iracambi’s many partners include universities and technical colleges in Brazil and abroad, non profits, foundations, businesses, unions, government departments and citizen groups.
Facilities at the Research Center include accommodation for 28 researchers, volunteers and visitors, classroom/computer lab, field laboratory, our multi-use Forest House, restaurant, forest nursery, system of forest trails and a GIS. Iracambi also owns the Pico da Graminha Forest Reserve, located around 3 kilometers from the Center, which serves as a base for research into the sustainable production of açai juçara and honey, as well as providing overnight accommodation for researchers and visitors.