The Biodiversity Research Consortium Brazil-Norway (BRC) was established in 2013. Uniting five Brazilian and Norwegian institutions, the main aim of the cooperation is to develop environmental research in the eastern Brazilian Amazon.



Coordinator: Rafael Assis

Natural History Museum



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1) BRC 01/14: Arbuscular mycorhizal fungi in natural areas and areas in restoration after bauxite mining in Pará

Main goal: Evaluating restoration methods and creating a bank of fungi for plant growth promotion.

Timeline: 1 year

2) BRC 02/14: Measurements of trace gas emissions in a chronosequence of afforestation areas subjected to aluminum mining and at HYDRO’s active mining areas, in Paragominas, PA.

Main goal: Measure the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) from soil in areas under forest recovery practices and within active aluminum mining operations sites

Timeline: 1 year

3) BRC 03 / 14: Biodiversity , propagation of plant species and restoration of degraded areas from mining bauxite in the southeast region of Pará

Main goal: Evaluate the attributes of the soil, biodiversity and plant propagation to develop a model to promote the conformation of the mined landscape environment with ecological and economic efficiency

Timeline: 3 years

4) BRC 03 / 14: Entomology

Main goal: Implementing the first thoroughinsect survey and proposing entomologymonitoring program.

Timeline: 1,5 years

5) BRC 05/15: Camera trap survey of ground-living mammals in the Hydro bauxite mine area in Paragominas, Brazil

Main goal: Analyze the impacts of the bauxite mining activity on the ground-living mammals in the Hydro Paragominas mining area, with special emphasis on red listed species.

Timeline: 3 years

6) BRC 06/15: Evaluation of chemical compounds of different forest species stored, susceptible to contamination in the soil

Main goal: Assess whether stored wood in areas where recovery by nucleation and patios can cause contamination of soil, either by leaching of chemical constituents of wood, bark and natural degradation of the material through its anatomical structures, especially the parenchyma cells or contributing to the resilience place by nutrient availability in the field.

Timeline: 2 years

7) BRC 07/15: Impact study of a biodiversity recovery program in a bauxite mining area on populations of insect vectors in the Amazon forest, Pará, Brazil

Main goal: Evaluate the impact of a biodiversity restoration program in a bauxite mining area on populations of insect vectors of diseases in the Amazon rainforest, Pará, Brazil

Timeline: 2 years

8) BRC 08/15: Bird diversity in three areas in different states of conservation in the Eastern Amazon.

Main goal: Assess how bird communities use areas with different types of reforestation compared to forest environment (forests and secondary forests) in a region in the eastern Amazon.

Timeline: 1,5 years

9) BRC 09/15: Wood-decay fungi in Paragominas and Trombetas: baseline information, monitoring priorities, and how to achieve the “no net loss” target.

Main goal: Attain baseline information (site and landscape scale diversity) of wood-decay fungi in landscape matrix of the mining areas, which is used as a basis for defining monitoring priorities. Secondly, we aim to (MG2) test a method for creating compensatory habitat for these fungi for achieving “no net loss“.

Timeline: 3 years

10) BRC 10/15: Aquatic biota monitoring of streams in mining areas of Paragominas sa, Para, Brazil.

Main goal: Assess whether the mining and reforestation activities are affecting the integrity of aquatic ecosystems and their fauna, considering different scales of analysis.

Timeline: 2 years

11) BRC 11/15: Diversity of the herbivorous insects in four areas of the Hydro mining company, Paragominas, Pará, Brazil.

Main goal: Survey targeted herbivorous insects in areas with different human impacts and indicate potential pest or pathogen vector species.

Timeline: 2 years

12) BRC 12/16: How ecological interactions are influenced by mining activities and efforts for environmental restoration after exploration in the municipality of Paragominas

Main goal: The project aims to determine the effect of mining activities on plant-animal interaction networks and to support Hydro to choose compensation strategies and mitigate the impacts of its activities.

Timeline: 3 years

BRC 14/17: Monitoring Amphibians and Squamata Reptiles in Reforestation Areas in the Hydro Bauxite Mine Area in Paragominas, Brazil

Main goal: The main goal of the Project is to evaluate the impacts of bauxite mining activities and different reforestation techniques on the community structure and species composition of reptiles and amphibians.

Timeline: 3 years

BRC 15/17: How topsoil collection methods, the origin and storage periods influence environmental restoration in areas of bauxite mining in Paragominas, Pará, Brazil

Main goal: Evaluate the quality of topsoil in terms of chemical, physical, biological and germination attributes of plant species at different storage periods and before and during forest suppression.

Timeline: 4 years

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