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Who we are

The Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio) is an autarchy under a special regime. Created on August 28, 2007, by Law 11,516, it is linked to the Ministry of the Environment and is part of the Environment National System (Sisnama).


It is up to ICMBio to carry out the actions of the National System of Conservation Units (UCs), being able to propose, implement, manage, protect, inspect and monitor the UCs established by the government; to promote and execute programs of research, protection, preservation, and conservation of the biodiversity and to exercise the power of environmental police, for the protection of the Federal Conservation Units.


Today we have 334 federal Conservation Units spread across the country, covering almost 80 million continental hectares and more than 90 million marine hectares.


What is an Integrated Management Center (NGI)?

Seeking to improve operations in the archipelago, ICMBio, through Ordinance No. 7 of January 3, 2017, created the Fernando de Noronha NGI. The NGI is the organizational structure that comprises the management of federal conservation units of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, i.e., the Fernando de Noronha Marine National Park and the Fernando de Noronha - Rocas - São Pedro and Sao Paulo Environmental Protection Area.

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An Integrated Management Center aims to: 

  • Achieving greater efficiency and effectiveness in conserving biodiversity and achieving the goals of the conservation units; 

  • Establish management procedures to provide efficiency and rationality in the unified administration of the APA and the Park.

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ICMBio Noronha's Mission and Vision

Our mission is to reconcile human occupation and visitation with conserving the unique and privileged oceanic environments of the archipelagos of Fernando de Noronha and São Pedro and São Paulo.

Our vision for the future is to strengthen ICMBio Noronha to generate noticeable results for the local community and visitors related to conserving a biodiverse insular environment and reconciling human occupation with environmental protection.

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Rules and studies

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Ramsar site


A Ramsar site is a wetland classified as a site of international ecological importance under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. 


The Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty made during a meeting held in the Iranian city of Ramsar to promote the conservation and rational use of wetlands with a depth of up to six meters at low tide. These zones include swamps, ponds, dams, lakes, weirs and marine areas.


The Ramsar site in Fernando de Noronha includes the Marine National Park and the Environmental Protection Area.

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UNESCO Natural World Heritage


The United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) classifies world heritage sites as cultural and natural.

“Natural World Heritage Sites protect areas considered exceptional from the point of view of biological diversity and landscape. In them, the protection of the environment, respect for cultural diversity, and traditional populations are the focus of special attention. The Sites generate, in addition to benefits to nature, an important source of income from the development of ecotourism.” (UNESCO website).


In 2001, the Brazilian Atlantic islands of Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas were named Natural World Heritage Sites.

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