Cristalino Jungle Lodge and Foundation: A private protected area contribution to conservation in Brazil

David Newsome
Published: 13 March 2020
Last edited: 13 March 2020
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A private business owner interested in conservation originally developed the Floresta Amazonica Hotel. At the same time they conserved 60 ha of forest in the city of Alta Floresta. Following on from the Alta Floresta Project a second facility,  designed to accommodate ecotourists, the Cristalino Jungle Lodge was built in 1992. In 1997 the lodge and its partners (IBAMA and ICMBio) raised money to purchase forest that surrounded the lodge and in doing so created the first private reserve (RPPN) in the State of Mato Grosso.


The non-governmental Cristalino Ecological Foundation partnered with Cristalino Jungle Lodge in 1999. Their combined objectives were to engage in environmental education, conservation and monitoring, research and to foster sustainable development. All of these activities have been actioned through a management plan. Research activities include fauna and flora surveys, forest ecology, climate studies, water quality assessment and jaguar conservation awareness. 


South America
Scale of implementation
Forest ecosystems
Freshwater ecosystems
River, stream
Tropical evergreen forest
Connectivity / transboundary conservation
Habitat fragmentation and degradation
Outreach & communications
Poaching and environmental crime
Protected area governance
Species management
Land and Forest degradation
Loss of Biodiversity
Ecosystem loss
Sustainable development goals
SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
SDG 4 – Quality education
SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation
SDG 13 – Climate action
SDG 15 – Life on land
Aichi targets
Target 5: Habitat loss halved or reduced
Target 6: Sustainable management of aquatic living resources
Target 8: Pollution reduced
Target 11: Protected areas
Target 17: Biodiversity strategies and action plans
Sendai Framework
Target 2: Reduce the number of affected people globally by 2030
Business engagement approach
Direct engagement with associations
Indirect through government


Cristalina, Campinápolis - Mato Grosso, Brazil
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Cristalino Jungle lodge and its partners (IBAMA and ICMBio) raised funds to purchase forest and created the first private reserve (RPPN) in the State of Mato Grosso. Conservation of forest and educational activities carried out by the Cristalino Ecological Foundation is also conducted in association with the Conservation Entrepreneurs Program. The School of the Amazon has won a Whitley Award (Whitley Fund for Nature, UK) for work in advancing environmental education.


In 2000/2001 the Cristalino Ecological Foundation facilitated official recognition of the Cristalino State Park (194,800 ha) which is administered by the State Government. This action has resulted in the creation of a more extensive conservation reserve managed by the State Department of the Environment.

Contributed by

David Newsome Murdoch University

Other contributors

Victoria de Riva Carvalho
Cristalino Jungle Lodge