Since 1994 we have been working alongside indigenous, quilombola and extractivist communities, our historical partners, to develop solutions that protect their territories, strengthen their culture and traditional knowledge, raise their political profile and develop sustainable economies.
“It is urgent to adopt a socioenvironmental perspective to look at the planet.”
Beto Ricardo, founding partner of ISA
Since 2001, ISA is an Oscip – Civil Society Organization of Public Interest. We have teams and permanent offices in São Paulo, the Federal District and four Amazonian states, in addition to long-term commitments with partners in the Vale do Ribeira, Xingu and Rio Negro regions.
How we act:
Our mission is to defend Brazilian socio-environmental diversity, whether in the corridors of Brasília or on the forest floor.
Where we operate:
Headquartered in São Paulo (SP), ISA has sub-headquarters in Brasília (DF), Manaus (AM), Boa Vista (RR), São Gabriel da Cachoeira (AM), Canarana (MT), Eldorado (SP) and Altamira (PA).GO TO
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The movie "Forest Makers" is released
ISA and Rede de Sementes do Xingu launch the virtual reality film "Fazedores de Floresta", which presents, with narration by seed collector Milene Alves (bottom left), how the union of indigenous peoples, traditional communities and local communities made it possible to an innovative movement for forest restoration in the Xingu, Teles Pires and Araguaia river basins, in Mato Grosso.
Xingu Seed Network Collectors|Tui Anandi/ISA
The #ForaGarimpoForaCovid campaign is born
ISA participates in a large mobilization of indigenous organizations and organizations for the protection of the environment and human rights to support the Forum of Yanomami and Ye'kwana Leadership in the campaign Fora Garimpo, Fora Covid The indigenous people demanded that the federal government expel invaders, the main vectors for the entry of Covid-19 into the Indigenous Land. The petition, demanded by indigenous people from a meeting in 2019, gathered almost 439 thousand signatures and had the intense participation of artists and digital influencers.
Watoriki Village, in the Yanomami Indigenous Land|Victor Moriyama/ISA
Emergency actions act in the Covid-19 pandemic
ISA redirects its field activities and, promoting an alliance between government and civil society, focuses on emergency actions during the Covid-19 pandemic to support indigenous, riverine, extractive and quilombola local partners. The project won the 2020 European Union Human Rights Award.
Khikatxi Village, in the Wawi Indigenous Land|Kamikiá Kisêdjê
ISA celebrates 25 years
The celebration included the screening of films by indigenous filmmakers and the launch of the book Cercos e Resistências: Povos Indígenas Isolados, with the presence of indigenous leaders such as Davi Kopenawa and Olímpio Guajajara.DOWNLOAD THE BOOK
Forest Peoples Campaign"|Daniel Klajmic/Prodigo
The #TáNaHoraDaRoça campaign is launched, by the quilombolas of Vale do Ribeira
The traditional swidden is essential for the quilombolas of Vale do Ribeira, but they depend on authorization from the Government of São Paulo to prepare their plantations. To pressure the government of the state of São Paulo for the valorization of quilombola gardens and the release of authorizations for the opening of gardens, the quilombolas, with the support of ISA, mobilized more than 7,5 signatures in the campaign.KNOW THE CAMPAIGN
Campaign "It's Time for the Countryside"|Claudio Tavares/ISA
The campaign goes live #LessPrejudiceMaisIndio
To draw society's attention to the indigenous issue and the diversity and culture of these populations, ISA invited Brazil to look at native peoples with more generosity, respect and without prejudice.KNOW THE CAMPAIGN
Campaign "Less Prejudice More Indians"|Daniel Klajmic/Prodigo
Canoe Bye Bye Xingu crosses a stretch of river that would be barred by Belo Monte
The approximately 120 members of the first edition of the Canoada Bye Bye Xingu, promoted by ISA, covered more than 100km in the section called Volta Grande do Rio Xingu, in Pará, which was blocked at the end of 2015 by the Belo Monte hydroelectric plant. There were five annual editions until 2018.
First edition of Canoada Bye Bye Xingu|Zé Gabriel/Greenpeace
The Origins Brazil Seal is born
In partnership with Imaflora and local associations of indigenous peoples, riverside dwellers, extractivists and quilombolas, the Origins Brasil Network is launched to value forest products. The objective is to provide more transparency to forest product chains, ensuring their origin and helping consumers to identify companies that value and respect the importance of keeping the forest standing.
Basket from the Maturacá region, Yanomami Land|Amanda Latosinski/ISA
ISA publishes "Quilombola Cultural Inventory of the Ribeira Valley"
The publication is the result of a detailed survey of the cultural references of 16 quilombos in Vale do Ribeira. In addition to the publication, a video was also released.DOWNLOAD THE PUBLICATION
Zeni Florindo, Quilombo de Ivaporunduva|Loiro Cunha/ISA
Sites of Conservation Units and Indigenous Lands are created
The website on Conservation Units (UCs) in the Brazilian Amazon gathers information about each one of them regarding management, environmental characterization (watershed, phytophysiognomy, speleological heritage, among others), location, overlap with Indigenous Lands and legal documents, among others.
Anavilhanas National Park, AM|Jaime Gesisky
The Indigenous Lands website has the largest updated database on 724 lands - in identification, identified, demarcated, homologated and reserved - throughout Brazil, including location, population and related news.
Tapuruquara Mountains, Middle Rio Negro II Indigenous Land | Rogério Assis/ISA
Xingu+50 Indigenous Park event debates sustainability
About 600 indigenous leaders of different ethnicities, indigenists, anthropologists, doctors, photographers, plastic artists and businessmen participated in the exhibition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Xingu Indigenous Park (PIX) at Cinemateca in São Paulo. During the event, the Socio-Environmental Almanac of the Xingu Indigenous Park was launched.
Kisêdjê people gather in Khinkatxi village|Christian Braga/ISA
CCPY becomes part of ISA
Founded in 1999 with the mission of defending the territorial, cultural and civil rights of the Yanomami people, the Pro-Yanomami Commission, which operates in the Yanomami Indigenous Land, becomes part of the ISA, which establishes a sub-headquarters in Boa Vista (RR).
Davi Kopenawa at the II Yanomami and Ye'kwana Leadership Forum|Adriana Duarte/ISA
ISA promotes the 1st Traditional Seeds Fair of Vale do Ribeira
The fair, considered an action to safeguard the traditional quilombola agricultural system, emerged to rescue and preserve the agricultural varieties of the quilombolas in the region. In more than a decade of the fair, more than 200 seed varieties were shared, many of them considered lost by the communities. Every year, the participation of the quilombola communities of Vale do Ribeira in the fair increases.
Muvuca preparation in Gurantã (SP)|Lilla Jessica Brokaw|ISA
The Xingu Seed Network is born
The objective is to collect, process and sell seeds from trees and other plants native to the Xingu, Araguaia and Teles Pires regions, promoting local knowledge on the use and recovery of forests in Mato Grosso. The seeds began to be used to plant forests. The plantings are made using an innovative technique: a mixture of native seeds, the “muvuca”, through direct sowing.GET TO KNOW THE NETWORK
Bruna, Heber and Breno Queiroz prepare muvuca|Tui Anandi/ISA
The Y Ikatu Xingu - Save the Good Water of the Xingu Campaign is launched
Created during the 1st Nascentes do Rio Xingu Meeting, held in Canarana (MT), in 2004, the mobilization was a unique effort by different actors working in the region for the recovery of the headwaters and riparian forests of the Xingu River. In 2006, the campaign gained the support of Gisele Bundchen, a model and socio-environmental activist recognized worldwide.
Launch of the Y'ikatu Xingu Campaign|Marcelo Botelho/ISA
ISA celebrates 10 years with the first edition of the Almanaque Brasil Socioambiental
The publication, which took a new look at Brazil, seeks to understand the country based on its diversity of people and environments. It presents an innovative view on the interdependent relationships between social, economic and environmental factors inside and outside Brazil. The second edition was released in late 2007.ALMANAC IN INTEGRA
Almanaque Brasil Socioambiental|Douglas Eiji Matsunaga/Instituto Arapyaú
Sustainable BR-163 Meeting proposes to the government to review territorial planning policies
The paving of a stretch of highway BR-163 (Cuiabá-Santarém) gave rise to the meeting promoted by ISA in Sinop (MT), which brought together more than 200 participants. This resulted in proposals for the Mato Grosso axis of the road, delivered to the then ministers, Marina Silva, of the Environment, Ciro Gomes, of National Integration and the governor of Mato Grosso, Blairo Maggi.
Meeting of Indigenous Authorities and Leaders|Laércio Santos Miranda
Expeditions to Terra do Meio (PA) result in a proposal for an ecological mosaic of the Xingu
At the request of the Ministry of the Environment, ISA prepared a socio-economic and environmental diagnosis of Terra do Meio, in the south of Pará, to present alternatives for the region. He suggested the creation of a mosaic of Conservation Units, due to the enormous diversity that the region harbors and the threats that land grabbing represents. Among the proposals was the creation of the Riozinho do Anfrísio, Iriri and Xingu extractive reserves, which began to be created in 2005.
Xingu River, Terra do Meio, Pará|ISA
Macapá Seminar points out priority areas for conservation in the Amazon
Organized by ISA, the seminar was part of the project Evaluation and Identification of Priority Actions for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Sharing of the Benefits of Biodiversity in the Brazilian Amazon. It gathered around 200 people in Macapá (AP), including scientists, researchers and representatives of different bodies of the Ministry of the Environment, state and local governments, universities, research institutes, social movements and NGOs.
Marcio Santilli (right), founding partner of ISA|Luana Capobianco
The comeback of the giant Indians: the Panará people get their land back
After 20 years of exile in the Xingu Indigenous Park, the justice system declares permanent possession by the Panará of part of their former lands. In 2000 they achieved an unprecedented feat: they won an indemnity suit against the Federal Government and Funai for material and moral damages caused by the contact. ISA acted directly in the process of recognition of the Panará Indigenous Land and in the defense of these rights.
First group from Panará leaves the Xingu Indigenous Park | Pedro Martinelli
The Amazon Network of Georeferenced Information (Raisg) is founded
Conceived and created by ISA, the Network encourages and enables cooperation between institutions that work with socio-environmental information systems georeferenced in the Amazon, through the exchange, production and dissemination of information. Today, Raisg is coordinated by ISA and is made up of organizations from 6 Amazonian countries (Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru). In 2002, after the first meeting, construction began on the Atlas of pressures and threats to indigenous lands in the Brazilian Amazon, launched in 2012. The last version of the Atlas was published in 2020.
Burning in the Xingu Basin|Marcelo Salazar/ISA
New edition of the book Indigenous Peoples in Brazil is launched
The series was started in 1980 by the Ecumenical Center for Documentation and Information (Cedi) and continued from the foundation of ISA. A reference on the subject, the book presents, every five years, an updated portrait of the situation of indigenous peoples in Brazil. Discover the editions in the ISA Collection.
In 1997, to expand access to information, the Indigenous Peoples in Brazil website, created by ISA and numerous partners and with the participation of numerous partners, to gather up-to-date information and analysis entries from all indigenous peoples. In 2009, ISA launches the website and the book Povos Indígenas no Brasil Mirim, aimed at children and young people.
Launch of the book Indigenous Peoples in Brazil | Claudio Tavares/ISA
With the motto "socio-environmental is written together", ISA is founded
Result of the merger with the Nucleus of Indigenous Rights (NDI), with the Indigenous Peoples/Cedi and some people coming from SOS Mata Atlântica, ISA starts its activities. Its mission: to seek alternatives for the territorial management of Indigenous Lands and traditional populations, reconciling income generation, preservation of territorial integrity, conservation of biodiversity and respect for cultural diversity.
One of the first ISA logo tests