Founded in 1990, Imazon is a non-profit research institution whose mission is to promote sustainable development in the Amazon through research studies, support for public policy formulation, broad dissemination of information and capacity building. Imazon emphasizes observation and systematic collection of primary data on natural resource use and conservation in the Amazon, and carries out objective and unbiased analyses based on proven scientific methods from specialized literature. This approach enables a holistic and cross-cutting view of the various factors that influence the sustainability of the Amazon, allowing Imazon’s approach to effectively contribute towards forming polices for land zoning and control and natural resource use. For example, in 2008, the Brazilian government launched a new policy to control illegal deforestation, focusing on “hot spot” deforestation municipalities identified by Imazon.
Imazon is also involved in training the next generation of environmental researchers, disseminating study results, participation in far-reaching global policy development around land use, environmental crimes, improvement of command and control systems, and making recommendations for environmental licensing and technical standards of forest management.
Directors Adalberto (Beto) Veríssimo and Carlos Souza, Jr. developed the first independent deforestation monitoring system for the Brazilian Amazon, at Imazon, and are recognized leaders in rainforest conservation.