Instituto Juruá evolved from Projeto Médio Juruá (PMJ), an applied research project that began activities along the Juruá River in 2007. Over this period, we have developed a strong partnership with rural communities, local associations and local government, creating a strong network of relationships and social capital in the region. The Médio Juruá region has always been a great inspiration to us through positive examples of community-based natural resource management initiatives, such as pirarucu fishery management or the protection of nesting beaches for freshwater turtles. These activities have generated clear conservation benefits, while at the same time improving the quality of life for the local people. Instituto Juruá will scale-up existing community initiatives to showcase to the world these powerful examples where rural communities play the central role in biodiversity conservation and rural development.



To combine scientific research and traditional local knowledge to support positive initiatives of natural resources management along the Juruá River (Amazonas, Brazil), in order to promote biodiversity conservation, food security, income, and improvement of well-being of indigenous and non-indigenous rural Amazonian communities.


Instituto Juruá aims to be a centre of excellence in the design and implementation of tools for the management and conservation of natural resources, guided by the following values.


  • Local action: community members must be the main actors in management and conservation initiatives;
  • Local knowledge: traditional local knowledge must be considered and respected during decision-making;
  • Applied scientific research: decision-making must be supported by high-quality scientific studies;
  • Gender equity: initiatives must consider strategies for promoting gender equity in all stages of project planning and execution, including in the decision-making and benefit distribution.
  • Respect for cultural differences: cultural differences must always be respected, and no kind of discrimination or favoring linked to cultural issues may happen.


  • Promote, advise and support actions towards the ecological and socio-economic sustainability of natural resource management;
  • Develop high quality scientific research, establishing partnerships with national and international research institutions;
  • Facilitate the delivery of scientific knowledge to decision makers at all levels of governance;
  • Develop participatory methodologies and forms of communication between the diverse range of stakeholders in socio-ecological systems;
  • Promote capacity building courses for rural communities;
  • Support local educators in practical environmental education initiatives;
  • Use diverse outreach tools to disseminate information generated by our scientific research and by local management initiatives to the general public in the most accessible way.

Where we operate


The Instituto Juruá study area comprises two sustainable-use protected areas located in the mid-Juruá region in the municipality of Carauari, together with adjacent areas within the municipalities of Itamarati and Eirunepé, in the state of Amazonas, Brazil. The Médio Juruá Extractive Reserve (RESEX Médio Juruá) is a federal protected area created in 1997, with an area of 286,933 hectares that is occupied by approximately 2,000 people distributed in 13 communities. The Uacari Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS Uacari) is a state protected area created in 2005, with an area of 632,949 hectares and approximately 1,200 residents distributed in 32 communities.


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