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.
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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. Also, some of your work can be part of the monitoring work carried out by the reserve.
- 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 within the reserve, (see costs) located in the forests two hours by boat or car from the nearest village. It has three bedrooms with bathrooms, so the capacity is limited. It also has a kitchen, living area and area with hammocks. It is equipped with internet service, and aerial for mobile phones.
The volunteers cook their own food, unless travel as a group in which case a local cook can be hired. Alternatively you can eat with locals at a cost of around $10 per meal.
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.
It is important to have insect repellent and sun cream. Cloths should be of light materials preferably that can dry quickly. For field work you should bring long sleeves, long trousers and boots. You may use short and shirts as bathing suits during recreation activities, however bathing suits should be worn with t-shirts due to local customs.
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.