Develops alternatives for environmental conservation and integrates these into economic and social development processes
Invasive alien species have become a threat to landscape, water resources, and native plants and animals in Latin America, the problem however is not appropriately considered in policies and environmental management.
The Horus Institute for Environmental Conservation and Development addresses the threat of invasive alien species to biodiversity and ecosystem resilience in Brazil and Latin America. The enterprise develops alternatives for environmental conservation and integrates them into economic and social development processes, production systems and society's routine.
With the issue being rather new, the enterprise targets national and state governments in Latin America, and local communities in Brazil in the hopes to raise awareness on the matter since invasive species remain a major driver of biodiversity loss worldwide.
The Horus Institute was founded in 2002 by Silvia Ziller, a Forest Engineer with a strong drive for environmental conservation. Silvia Ziller worked throughout Latin America and with international NGOs that aimed to advance the issue of invasive species. The Horus Institute has become a national reference on the matter and has a network of contributors throughout Brazil.