The Instituto Socioambiental (Socio-Environmental Institute - ISA) was established in 1994 to work on integrated solutions to social and environmental problems. ISA aims to defend social, indigenous and environmental rights and works in collaboration with other organisations working in the same area, such as the Ecumenical Documentation and Information Centre's Brazilian Indigenous Peoples' Programme and the Indigenous Rights Nucleus (NDI) of Brasília.
ISA has pioneered the concept of integrating environmental protection and sustainable development with indigenous groups. ISA’s work has achieved significant impact by influencing public policies and spearheading new laws while effectively developing 70 million hectares through three separate projects, in three different parts of Brazil. ISA has introduced integrated programs from satellite mapping and monitoring against land invasions, to sustainable income-generation, to schools and clinics designed and operated locally, to extending formal citizenship and advocating for needed national policy changes. These initiatives have become models for indigenous socioenvironmental development in Brazil and around Latin America.
The Environmental Institute aims to:
Promote the protection of property and social rights, collective and diffuse on the environment, cultural heritage, human rights and peoples;
Stimulate the socio-economic development by ensuring access and democratic and ecologically sustainable management of natural resources with the maintenance of cultural and biological diversity for present and future generations;
Promote, conduct and disseminate research and studies, organize documentation and develop projects applied to environmental protection, cultural heritage and human rights and peoples, especially indigenous and traditional peoples;
To promote exchanges with other organizations and national and international bodies for the defense of environmental heritage, cultural and people, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to conduct studies and research in various areas of knowledge concerning their activities;
Disseminate information and knowledge produced by themselves or by third parties and their related activities;
Encourage the improvement and enforcement of legislation that instrumentalizes achievement of these objectives;
Encourage and conduct studies of preventive and participatory approach to combat environmental degradation and social development in all its manifestations, including studies of environmental impact resulting from human activities.
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