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

Status: Ongoing

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

Status: Ongoing

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 of forest recovery for mined landscape environments, concerning ecological and economic efficiency

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Concluded

BRC 04/15: Entomology Survey and Bioindicators for Biodiversity Monitoring

Main goal: Implementing the first thorough insect survey and proposing entomology monitoring program.

 

Timeline: 1,5 years

Status: Ongoing

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

Status: Ongoing

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

Status: Concluded

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

Status: Concluded

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

Status: Concluded

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

Status: Ongoing

BRC 10/15: Aquatic biota monitoring of streams in mining areas of Paragominas, 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

Status: Ongoing

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

Status: Ongoing

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

Status: Ongoing

BRC 13/16: Tracking jaguars in the Hydro bauxite mine area in Paragominas, Brazil

Main goal: The main objective of the study is to analyze the impacts of the bauxite mining activity on the movement of jaguars in the Hydro Paragominas mine area.

 

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

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

Status: Approved

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

Status: Approved

BRC 16/19: Measuring biodiversity dynamics using environmental DNA and Metabarcoding

Main goal: The main goal of the project is to develop a quick, economical and powerful method that can be used to establish biodiversity baselines before external impacts, and quantitatively and qualitatively monitor subsequent recovery.

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

BRC 17/19: Metabarcoding and metagenomics for inventory and monitoring terrestrial arthropod diversity

Main goal: To develop and test metabarcoding and metagenomics applications for high throughput inventory and monitoring of terrestrial arthropod biodiversity, applicable to the areas surrounding the Paragominas mine.

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Approved

BRC 18/19: Metagenomic and metabarcoding as a tool for developing One Health In Hydro Area

Main goal: Establish integrated monitoring protocols using metagenomic and metabarcoding techniques to indirectly investigate the health of the local ecosystem, allowing both ecological and epidemiological studies.  

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

BRC 19/19: Toxicity of residues in native species occurring in bauxite mining area

Main goal: The main goal of this project is to establish cultures of Amazon native aquatic species from different trophic positions and standardized test-species from the same trophic levels and classes, using them to evaluate the effects of tailings toxicity from bauxite mining areas in the Amazon region.

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

BRC 20/19: Aquatic biota monitoring and assessment upstream and downstream of a bauxite pipeline

Main goal: To assess and monitoring whether the bauxite pipeline and riverscape is affecting the integrity of
streams and their aquatic fauna, including aquatic insects (Odonata and Heteroptera), fish and
aquatic macrophytes.

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

BRC 21/19: Bird telemetry monitoring to evaluate loss of habitat in mining area in the northeastern Amazon

Main goal:  Use telemetry techniques to understand the movement and recolonization of bird
communities in response to loss of habitat by forest suppression by mining activity in northeastern Amazon.

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

BRC 22/19: Effect of large herbivorous mammals on forest regeneration in post-mined areas

Main goal:  Understand the role of the large herbivorous in the recovery of the forest in post-mined areas of Hydro Company in Paragominas, with emphasis on mammal’s species of high abundance in the region, such as tapirs and deers

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

BRC 23/19: The use of physical, chemical and biological tools to evaluate the water resources in a mining area

Main goal:  Evaluate the environmental quality of the water and sediment of the Potiritá and Capim rivers in the Paragominas region influenced by Norsk Hydro. An integrated approach using physical, chemical and biological tools through examining metal concentrations, histopathological and biochemical biomarkers.

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

BRC 24/19: Coexistence plan for human and carnivores in Paragominas, Pará, Brazil

Main goal:  Create a coexistence plan for people and carnivores in order to reduce the damage caused by people-carnivore conflicts and promote environmental conservation in Paragominas, Pará, Brazil.

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

BRC 25/19: Integrity of aquatic ecosystems by DNA sequencing for biomonitoring

Main goal:  Estimate the taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity of the aquatic communities in ecosystems with different levels of integrity, seeking to implement a next generation DNA sequencing-based method for measuring the aquatic biodiversity

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

BRC 26/19: Effects of soil use on diversity and ecophysiology of aquatic plants and plankton in streams and lagoons in mining areas

Main goal:  Evaluate how mining activities are affecting the distribution, ecophysiological response and
functioning of plants and plankton associated to water bodies in mining areas and preserved aquatic
ecosystems and select plant species with potential to minimize the impacts and help in regeneration process.

Timeline: 3 years

Status: Ongoing

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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.

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