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The Instituto Terra is the dream of a lifetime, based on hard work, a clear mission and a life’s purpose that became the most wonderful reality thanks to the vision and ambitious initiative taken in the late 1990s by Lélia Deluiz Wanick Salgado and Sebastião Salgado.

After years of living far away and a lifetime dedicated to the arts and the promotion of social photography, they decided to return home, to an environmentally devastated former cattle ranch that belonged to Sebastião Salgado’s family near the town of Aimorés, in Brazil’s state of Minas Gerais. With the goal to work on their land with and transform it back from drought to the natural state of subtropical rainforest.

They recruited partners, raised funds, and in April 1998, these two beautiful souls founded the Instituto Terra, an environmental organization dedicated to the sustainable development of the Valley of the River Doce. Creating an environmental model for all of us to follow.

This is an amazing story portraying the cycles of nature and human existence, that teaches us how to become thoughtful and responsible citizens of the world. Thank you Lelia and Sebastiao. All of our love and respect to you both.

For enquiries contact: gabriela@covolv.org | ryan@covolv.org