Volunteering: Environmental Monitoring in Iguazu National Park
The National Park Iguazu protects the largest area of Atlantic Forest remaining. This is considered the second most diverse ecosystem in the world after the Amazon and one of the most threatened biomes in the world, as it is believed that less than 10% of the original Atlantic Forest is left . The park is populated by a huge diversity of species representative of the Brasilian Flora and Fauna, many of which are considered endangered such as the Jaguar, the Broad-snouted Caiman, the parrot Vinaceous-breasted Amazon among others. The Iguazu Water Falls and surrounding protected areas is the first region of Brazil to have been designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The park extends over Brazil and Argentina, hence it is managed by both authorities in cooperation.
Iguazu National Park receives 1,5 million visitors per year, which puts pressure on the flora and fauna of the area. One of the biggest concerns is the impacts on the Jaguar populations, which is an endangered species. Not only directly but also indirectly through road accidents that kill some of its prey. Therefore the park authorities monitor both: the Jaguar population and the species affected by the road traffic very regularly with the aim of setting measures to avoid the impacts.
Another issue of concern is the quality of the water due to other human activities in the area, which is also submitted to regular monitoring.
Our Environmental monitoring programme provides the volunteers with opportunity to be involved in three different projects:
- Jaguar Monitoring
- Water quality analysis
- Survey of road kills to identify areas and species affected.
The accommodation during this programme takes place locally please see here. You will be assisting the national park authorities on their environmental surveying through forests trails, roads and gaining access to water processing plants to monitor water quality . For more details please feel free to contact us
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