MARAEY has been declared a Project of Public Interest by the State of Rio de Janeiro due to the enormous impact it will have on tourism and economic development in the region; a project carried out within the framework of an Integral Sustainability Program resting on three key pillars of Sustainable Development:

  • Environmental: by ensuring a total preserved area equal to 81% of the territory and establishing the second largest RPPN (Private Natural Heritage Reserve) in the State of Rio de Janeiro, where only 6.6% of the whole project is intended for construction.
  • Economic: generating employment, boosting financial growth and promoting a sustainable tourist destination of worldwide renown.
  • Social: implementing our pledge to support local communities and drive the cultural and social development of the region.

MARAEY is destined to help Create a Better World in every action, and to do so it will rely on the support of the MARAEY Institute and a sound Sustainable Development Policy Program, ensuring that all of the stakeholders involved in the project are fully committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations.

In compliance with its Environmental Policy, IDB intends to collaborate with different Universities, researchers and NGO to carry out studies in relation to the ecosystems of the project area, in order to promote protection programs that guarantee the conservation of the environment and its species. This will be possible in collaboration with the Environmental Reference Center (CRA), part of the MARAEY project that aims to become a benchmark for research, conservation and promotion of MARAEY's biodiversity.

In this regard, IDB has already signed different covenants and collaboration agreements with different universities that show their support for the project and their interest in participating in its environmental factors:

  • Agreements with UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro):
    • Agreement of Technical Cooperation with NUPEM (Nucleus in Ecology and Socio-environmental Development of Macaé)
    • Agreement of Technical-Scientific Cooperation with the Applied Ecology Laboratory of the Institute of Biology
  • Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) which includes an administrative and financial intervention of the Euclides da Cunha Foundation
  • Technical Cooperation Agreement with UFES (Federal University of Espirito Santo)
  • Scientific-Technical Cooperation Agreement with FAPUR (Foundation to support scientific and technological research) of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ)



The MARAEY Institute is a crucial tool to correctly implement the Foundational Principles that guide this project: Respect for the environment we work in; Integration with the local communities; and commitment to environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability.

The MARAEY Institute will pursue this mission through actions that help to promote:

  • Sustainable and Responsible Tourism. Here at the MARAEY Institute, we shall work to boost sustainable tourism that respects all natural, cultural and social environments, and that promotes the sustainable development of such a remarkable tourist destination.
  • The development and observance of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set out in the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.