Biodiversity Monitoring in The Amazon
THE RESERVE CAZUMBA- IRACEMA IS LOCATED IN THE AMAZONIAN PART OF BRAZIL IN AN AREA THAT BORDERS WITH PERU AND BOLIVIA. IT EXTENDS OVER MORE THAN 7,500 SQKM. THE RESERVE IS HOME TO ABOUT 350 FAMILIES WHO EMPLOY TRADITIONAL METHODS OF EXTRATION OF NATUARAL RESOURCES. THE AREA HOLDS THE CATEGORY OF CONSERVATION UNIT UNDER BRAZILIAN LEGISLATION, WHICH ALLOWS THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES, BY THOSE FAMILIES WHOSE LIVELIHOODS DEPEND ON THE FORESTS AND THE ARTISANAL EXTRATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES. THANKS TO THE SUSTAINABLE TRADITIONS OF THE INHABITANTS, THE AREA REMAINS WITH WELL PRESERVED WILDLIFE AND EXTRAORDINARY SOCIO-CULTURAL RICHNESS. DUE TO THE IMPORTANCE OF MAINTAINING THE EQUILIBRIUM OF NATURAL RESOURCES, OUR PARTNER INSTITUTE, IMPLEMENTS AN INTENSIVE PROGRAMMES OF MONITORING NATURAL RESOURCES.
The Reserve of Cazumba Iraceman is located in the North Western estate of Acre (please see deatils of the reserve above). Acre has borders with Peru and Bolivia.
The region has two seasons: Dry (“winter”) season July- October with high temperatures during the day (25-30) and cool during night and early mornings. The dry season can have days with low temperature due to polar weather fronts coming from the South.
You arrive to the village by boat, three hours up the river (one of the tributaries of the Amazon) from the nearest town. We coordinate all necessary logistics for your trip, after you arrive to the airport, to ensure your safety.
During your free time in the village you can ride bicycle, go trecking, fishing or accompany the local settlers in their daily work and or recreational activities.
Due to the lack of scientific knowledge of the resources of the area, our partners are keen to attract students that want to enhance their skills by helping monitor the natural resources and biodiversity of the reserve Cazumbá- Iracema.
Your work can be part of a dissertation research, you can support other specialists conducting their research in the area and or some of your work can be part of the monitoring work carried out by the reserve.
the activities can involved, but will no be limited to
- Assist field researchers with monitoring and recording of biodiversity data
- Trek on forest transects and visit villages recording the wildlife species subject of the study: plants, mammals, birds, insects, etc.
- Collection of geographical data (coordinates) and help locate important species.
- The specific activities can vary, depending on the research project that is taking place during your stay and species seasonality.
The accommodation is in the village of Cazumba, in the researcher’s lodge, where there is bedrooms, kitchen, living area, showers and all necessary facilities, although basic; as well as internet connection via wifi.
Food is provided and you can cook or a person is contracted when there bigger groups. The food is traditional food eaten in the region, hence bread is not abundant but vegetales and some protein are supplied, as well as coffee. You may bring tea if you prefer and also can buy take some crackers as substitute for bread.
2 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
£675 £ 1265 £1682 £ 2395
The price includes: Accommodation, food and transportation from the nearest town to the reserve (up the river) and during work if required.
- You will have the opportunity to do field research in the most biodiversity rich place of the planet.
- Cazumba is an amazing place, you will enjoy the privilege of interacting with the villagers and enjoy the simple rural life of the Amazon.
- You will learn Portuguese
- Will add to your CV skills and experience that will help you stand from the crowd in the job market.
Read about Rosie’s experience here
I had the most amazing time of my life in Cazumba. I came to do my dissertation research. The experience helped me get my next job as a researcher on forest issues. People are so welcoming and were always looking out for me. Read about my experience here.
I came to Cazumba to teach English. I actually came to do the first pilot of the programme and set the foundations for the next volunteers coming after me. I study Spanish language and know knew little Portuguese, despite that I managed to work with children and adults. there were so keen to learn that everything I taught was well received. I learned so much as well. I want to follow close this work in Cazumba and hoe to be able to come back again.
If you have any questions or want any more detains on any of the programmes, please feel free to get in touch.