About IIS

The International Institute for Sustainability (IIS) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to develop transformative solutions for a sustainable world, based on Science and other forms of knowledge.

The IIS works to promote positive impact on public policies, business models, and decision-making processes with governments, businesses, multilateral organizations, and civil society.

The IIS stands out for having a qualified team, operating nationally and internationally with an extensive network of partners, and for democratizing access to Science through solutions that generate public goods.

Our values are:

We are a scientifically grounded organization that values the training, development, and continuous learning of our team members. We prioritize the quality of our deliveries.

We believe that complex problems can only be solved through cooperation and transdisciplinarity. Therefore, we develop solutions collaboratively.

We are guided by the purpose of delivering solutions to the challenges of sustainable development.

We are not affiliated with any institution, party, or individuals, ensuring our freedom of opinion, thought, and work.

We adapt our solutions to the demands of our partners and are flexible in our approach and execution.

To develop transformative solutions for a sustainable world, IIS operates through the following services:

Spatial Intelligence for Nature Conservation and Restoration
Developing spatial methods and models that identify priorities for action, considering different criteria such as carbon sequestration potential, biodiversity conservation, its contribution to people's lives, and economic costs.

Modelling and Valuation of Natural Capital
Working with ecosystem services modeling and environmental valuation in different contexts, proposing Nature-Based Solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, defining indicators for measuring and monitoring biodiversity, and formulating/evaluating net-zero and nature-positive strategies.

Sustainable Soil Management
Generating solutions based on Soil Sciences, such as the use of biochar to optimize land use and enhance agricultural and ecosystem restoration benefits. Translating this knowledge in favor of a circular and low-carbon economy.

Sociobiodiversity Value Chains
Working on the development of production systems and sustainable use of biodiversity, solutions for payment for environmental services, and other arrangements aimed at income generation, focusing on bioeconomy and sociobiodiversity value chains.

Implementation of Field Solutions
Implementing and refining actions for the integrated management of rural properties and landscapes, including conservation and restoration projects. Supporting and collaborating with local partners and extensionists in training and environmental education actions.

Land Use Modelling
Creating spatially-explicit models to understand and predict how territories can be used. Conducting analyses of agricultural patterns, urbanization, nature conservation, and other activities. These models assist in decision-making for urban planning, environmental management, and sustainable development at different scales.

Support for the Development and Enhancement of Public Policies
Working directly with governments, from local to international scales, and businesses in technical and organizational support for policy development. Conducting analyses of the public policy cycle, generating support studies for decision-making, and mapping and engaging stakeholders.

Integrates the Global Challenges Research Fund's Trade and Environment Center.

funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) of the UK Research and Innovation Agency (UKRI) and led by the UN's World Conservation Monitoring Center Environment (WCMC).

Internal collaborators

High-level leadership (6)

Technical Management (3)

Project Management Office (PMO) (5)

Biodiversity Restoration and Conservation Team (4)

Sustainable Development Team (6)

Soil Sciences team (4)

Spatial Modeling and Geoprocessing Team (7)

Communication Team (4)

Administrative and Financial Team (5)

External collaborators (2)

Partners (89)

Agroicone Amigos da Terra - Amazônia Brasileira Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD) Atlantic Forest Trail (CMA) AXA Research Fund Banco Alemão de Desenvolvimento Banco Mundial Bosh Foundation Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (Funbio) Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Centro de Ciências da Conservação e Sustentabilidade do Rio (CSRio) Columbia University Conservation International Convention on Biological Diversity Ecosystem Restoration Embrapa Acre Embrapa Agrobiology Embrapa Soils Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa) Ernst & Young (EY) Escola Superior de Agricultura FBDS Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Federal Republic of Germany Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ) Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Florida State University Forest Ecosystem Restoration Initiative Forestry and Agricultural Management and Certification Institute (Imaflora) Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) Fundo Brasileiro para Biodiversidade (FUNBIO) GEF GIZ Global Environment Fund Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Guapiaçu Ecological Reserve (REGUA) IIASA International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro (JBRJ) Laboratory of Vertebrates of the Biology Institute of UFRJ (LabVert) Land Innovation Fund (LIF) Ministério do Meio Ambiente - Governo Federal (MMA) National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Natural Capital Project Natural History Museum Nature Map Newton Fund Advanced Fellowship NGI Norway's International Climate and Forest Initiative Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation Opole University Opole University of Technology Pact for the Restoration of the Atlantic Forest Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) Projeto Biodiversidade e Mudanças Climáticas na Mata Atlântica re.green Renova Foundation Salesforce Santa Fe Institute Secretaria de Meio Ambiente e Sustentabilidade do Estado do Pará (Semas l Pará) Secretaria do Meio Ambiente do Estado de São Paulo - SMA/SP SPRING Stanford University State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC) Stockholm Environment Institute Swiss Re Foundation logo Swiss Re Institute SYSTEMIQ The Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning (Cebrap) The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) The Nature Conservancy (TNC) The University of Arizona Trade, development & the Envirionment Hub UCL UKRI UNEP/WCMC United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) University College London University of Agriculture in Kraków University of Cambridge University of Connecticut University of East Anglia University of Queensland University of Wisconsin (UW) University of York USP World Agroforestry Centre World Resources Institute (WRI) World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Institute of Zoology