Founded in 2002, Instituto Homem Pantaneiro (IHP) is a non-profit civil society organization that works to preserve the Pantanal biome and local culture. Among the activities developed by the IHP, the management of protected areas, the development of research and the promotion of dialogue between actors with an interest in the area stand out.
It is headquartered in Corumbá (Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil), a municipality located in the Pantanal region of Mato Grosso, in Casa Vasquez & Filhos. Built in 1800, the headquarters building was revitalized by IHP and is listed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (IPHAN).
In 2004, a large project was born at IHP under the name of Moinho Cultural, initially serving 180 children at risk with music and ballet. With the development of its activities and magnitude of its actions, it became clear that IHP and Moinho Cultural could be sister institutions. Thus, in 2011, the participation in the Ashoka-Mckinsey Gain of Scale Program contributed to the project managers' decision to create the Instituto Moinho Cultural, an independent organization. To implement both institutions, there was a change in the Corporate Name and CNPJ, leaving the initial CNPJ with the Instituto Moinho Cultual Sul-Americano with the concentration of efforts in a single area of action (sociocultural).
As of 2012, IHP continues its activities focused on environmental challenges with a new CNPJ. Thus, it continues to sign important partnerships, such as with the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation (ICMBio), the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), the Brazilian Navy and the Environmental Military Police of Mato Grosso do Sul, through terms of collaboration and joint work developed in Corumbá and Serra do Amolar. Due to the excellence in its performance and regional importance through partnerships in all sectors, public and private, the institution received the Title of Municipal Public Utility of Corumbá, in 2017.