About Idesam


The Institute for the Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Amazon (IDESAM) is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization established in 2004, managed independently and directed under private law. IDESAM’s headquarters are located in the city of Manaus, capital of the State of Amazonas, Brazil.

IDESAM is managed by an independent board, composed of individuals from civil society who have an interest and relationship with the Amazon and participate voluntarily in IDESAM’s administration. IDESAM’s staff work in the coordination and execution of projects, research and scientific studies aimed at the conservation and sustainable development of the Amazon region.

We believe that valuing standing forests is essential for climate change mitigation and for the maintenance of global hydrological equilibrium. Our financial resources are obtained through grants and research contracts, and are invested in programs focused on preventing and reducing deforestation, mitigating climate change, alleviating poverty, promoting forest conservation and managing natural resources. All activities, programs and funds raised by IDESAM are monitored by independent councils and audits.

Scientifically, IDESAM focuses on technical publications, presentations and participation in conferences and workshops as a way to stimulate discussion and debate in the search for creative, original and relevant solutions to environmental and social problems of the Amazonian region. In addition, IDESAM promotes capacity building and training events, in its areas of activity.


To promote the valuation and sustainable use of natural resources in the Amazon and to find
alternative solutions to environmental conservation, social development and climate change mitigation.


Establishment of an international benchmark for innovative solutions to social and environmental
problems. These solutions must be both effective and replicable for the consolidation of a new
low carbon economy based on recovery ans sustainable use of natural resources.