Fellows by Category

Organization: Terra Nova

André has created an innovative mediation process that peaceably resolves land conflicts in major Brazilian cities, while also promoting local development and empowering low-income communities. Terra Nova’s actions produce reasonably prompt resolutions of longstanding conflicts and satisfy all parties involved: squatters can finally acquire formal titles for the land they live on, landowners...

Clovis Borges is a veterinarian and zoologist from Paraná who is demonstrating how Brazil can address its extensive environmental problems with new awareness and technical proficiency.

Organization: Associação Caatinga

By working with private landholders, forest communities, and government regulations and incentives, Rodrigo Castro is building a national conservation network to preserve the unique caatinga forest ecosystem.

Organization: Crescente Fertil

Luis Felipe Cesar is working to preserve mountainous regions in Brazil and elsewhere by fostering participatory management with the local community, creating sustainable economic opportunities and developing public policies both nationally and internationally to ensure the preservation of these important natural and cultural resources. Working in the mountainous Serra da Mantiqueira in...

Organization: Grupo Tortura Nunca Mais

Two decades of military dictatorship in Brazil left a legacy of violence against civil society. That past has not been fully recognized, and aspects of officially-sanctioned violence persist until this day. Cecilia Coimbra, who was held as a political prisoner during the dictatorship, founded Tortura Nunca Mais (Torture No More), an organization that educates the public, provides psychological...

Organization: Ecotrópica Fundação de Apoio à Vida nos Trópicos

Adalberto Eberhard, a veterinarian and lifelong conservationist, is showing how the environmental movement can build a set of institutions at the state level that will, year in and year out, truly protect the environment. In the process, he is building defenses for one of the world's largest and richest wetlands: the Brazilian Pantanal.

Organization: Imaflora

Luis Fernando created the first unified agriculture certification system in Brazil and the world’s first certification standard for sugarcane to promote responsible agricultural practices. He is now sharing his success cases and partnering with key public and private actors to tackle deforestation in Brazil and beyond.

Paula Johns is systematically addressing the question of tobacco control in Brazil by framing it as a sustainable development and public health issue, as opposed to an issue of individual choice. Paula is buiding a citizen-led movement to make the government and the tobacco industry accountable for the systemic problems related to tobacco production and consumption, with a strong focus on...

Organization: Preservação

Alexandre Martinez is instituting financial and legal mechanisms to promote private conservation and effective land management in Brazil. Despite growing interest in using cash incentives to encourage environmental conservation, the government’s related tax schemes have been rendered ineffective by misuse and corruption, and as a result, have failed to stem the growing threats to the country’s...

Organization: Centro Ecológico Ipê

In an effort to counter the rising industrialization of organic agriculture, Laércio Meirelles has developed a participatory approach to organic certification, placing greater control in the hands of small-scale farmers.

Through the Instituto Sou da Paz (I’m for Peace Institute), Denis Mizne supports the disarmament of the population, the democratization of schools, and the improvement of police institutions in Brazil’s most impoverished regions, where the high rate of criminality is fed by the arms trade. Through campaigns and citizen mobilization, Denis influences public policy related to security at the...

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