The Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (Imazon) was TOP3 in the Greenvana GreenBest award 2012, in the NGO category ONG. The selection was made by the GreenBest Academy, made up of major professionals and consultants – including photographer Adriano Gambarini; journalist André Trigueiro; Marcos Casado, of the Green Building Council Brazil; Nasser Takieddine, from Santander; Luiz Fernando Felippe Guida, from the Green Part; and Pedro Castro, from the Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact.
Célio Miranda Merit Award
Imazon was recognized by the Paragominas Municipal Government with the Célio Miranda Merit Award, the most important award given by the municipality for those who have contributed and continue to contribute towards the development of Paragominas.
Imazon took 1st place in the NGO category chosen by the GreenBest Academy Award 2011. GreenBest rewards the best companies, initiatives, professionals and personalities in terms of sustainability, who contribute towards the development and continuous growth of this sector in Brazil.
Through the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, Imazon was recognized as one of the new social entrepreneurs who will drive major changes in issues that are critical for the entire planet. The Institute gained notability through its work in combating climate changes, by means of innovative efforts for conservation of tropical forests, especially in the Brazilian Amazon. The award was given to Adalberto Veríssimo and Carlos Souza Jr. on April 16, 2010, during the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, which happens every year at Oxford. The Skoll Foundation was created in 1999 by the first president of eBay, Jeff Skoll, to promote the vision of a more peaceful and prosperous world. Today, the Skoll Foundation helps guide change on a large scale, by investing in social entrepreneurs who are innovative and dedicated to solving the world’s critical problems. Social entrepreneurs are individuals dedicated to finding innovative solutions to bring balance and justice to economic, social and environmental systems.
Marina Silva Merit
This honor is a tribute from Belém City Hall, through the Municipal Secretariat for the Environment (Semma), as a means of recognizing those who have in some way contributed towards improving the city in the environmental area. In the first edition in 2009, 12 personalities linked to the environmental cause and environmental conservation and two institutions, including Imazon, received the medal. Instituted by Municipal Law nº 7.943, the Marina Silva Medal for Environmental Merit is named in honor of one of the most notable persons dedicated to defending the Amazon.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) gave an award to Imazon (the representative for the prize was researcher Paulo Amaral) for the merit of generating knowledge regarding forest management, combating deforestation, promoting sustainable forest use and efforts at monitoring Amazon forest cover. Also mentioned were dissemination of scientific information in a form accessible to communities and the public in general and the focus on preserving the Brazilian Amazon forest.
Chico Mendes Award
Organized by the Department for Articulation of Actions in the Amazon (DAAM), linked to the Executive Secretariat at the Environmental Ministry (MMA), the Chico Mendes Award was created in 2002 to value and encourage word directed towards protecting the environment in the Amazon biome. The only award given in the State of Pará went to the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (Imazon), headquartered in Belém. The Institute won 1st place in the Non-Governmental Organization category (NGOs), tying with the General Council of the Ticuna Tribe.
Henry Ford Award
The excellence of the Imazon training program was recognized in 1997 through the Henry Ford Environmental Conservation Award in the Science and Training of Human Resource category.