Adalberto Verissimo

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow since 2009
This description of Adalberto Verissimo's work was prepared when Adalberto Verissimo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009 .


Adalberto has been convinced, since the mid 1980s, that, in order to save the Amazon, there must be a sensible and sustainable plan to develop it. By combining applied research and win-win negotiations among rival groups Adalberto’s initiatives have led to: the sustainable management and development of 5 million hectares of forests; the protection of 25 million hectares of the Amazons through the first ever 2006 Law of National Forest Preserves; and the development of a satellite monitoring system of the Amazon which he has transformed into an Amazon Health Index, similar to a stock exchange Dow Jones index to track trends in the health of the Amazon every couple of days.