Visitor Center of Abrolhos National Marine Park






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Name of organisation: Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation  – ICMBio

Funding support: Governmental and partnership

Number of staff: 20, including civil servants and contractors

Number of visitors per year: 9,000 visitors

Overall aims of the centre

Promote the natural assets of the region of the Abrolhos National Marine Park as well as promoting initiatives, environmental education and research.

Description of the centre

The Visitor Center of the National Marine Park of Abrolhos, located in Caravelas / Bahia has staff and volunteers greeting and informing visitors. You can visit the exhibition hall, where a series of banners shows the ecological, historical, socials of the region. Additionally, you can see a replica of a humpback whale in real size and take a walk on a trail in self-guided environment sandbank.
Besides the visitation, the park staff also promotes environmental education activities formal and informal, such as teacher training, children’s activities, cultural events, etc. The Visitors Center also has a meeting room and courses, with a capacity of 50 people and a stage for artistic performances.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work areas

The staff of the National Marine Park of Abrolhos conducts various activities of ed-communication and environmental education, both with visitors of the park, and visitors of the facilities in Caravelas, as well as the community of municipalities around the Park.
The park has a network of partnerships with public, private and non-governmental organizations, which contribute to the implementation of these activities.

Top three successes

Visitation on boats in the Abrolhos National Marine Park, including free diving and scuba diving, walking trail, watching humpback whales and seabirds.
-Visitation at the Visitors Center of the National Marine Park of Abrolhos, in Caravelas / BA.
-Activities of awareness, interpretation and environmental education developed by staff of the Park.



Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Running a visitor centre;


Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools;


Running effective administration;


Head of Abrolhos Marine National Park: Fernando Repinaldo, email:

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