The Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute was created in April 1999. It is a Social Organization fostered and supervised by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications. Since the beginning, the Mamirauá Institute has developed its activities through research, natural resource management and social development programs, mainly in the Middle Solimões region, Amazonas state.
The objectives of the Mamirauá Institute include the application of science, technology and innovation in the adoption of strategies and public policies for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in the Amazon. They also include building and consolidating models for the economic and social development of small riverine communities through the development of socially and environmentally appropriate technologies.