Since the 1990s, researchers and photographers from all over the world have visited the Cristalino RPPNs and found an authentic wildlife paradise, with a wealth of fauna and flora, endemic, rare and endangered species and, not infrequently, the studies reveal species that are new to science.
That is why we believe that knowledge about the forest, its value and its possible uses that are compatible with conservation are crucial to the protection of the Amazon biome. Therefore, we encourage research and support for development and make infrastructure and facilities available to researchers, under agreements with Brazilian and foreign institutions.
From the research carried out in the Cristalino nature reserves, we feed upon the knowledge and derive support for the management of the conservation areas, while facilitating the dissemination and interpretation of the information for different audiences.From our rich database, we provide lists of the species recorded by researchers over the years, backed up by technical and scientific articles that are continually being updated.
WE ENCOURAGE RESEARCH AND SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND MAKE INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO RESEARCHERS
PRIORITY LINES OF RESEARCH IN THE RPPNS
The FEC gives priority to supporting studies that fill in knowledge gaps that have been identified in the reserve management plans, as well as encouraging the continuity of research that has already been carried out by its various partner institutions.
• Integrated analysis of the physical environment and its biodiversity.
• Seasonal monitoring of the physical, chemical and biological parameters of the water courses.
• Deepening of phytosociological studies in different environments within the reserves;
• Recovery of degraded areas around the RPPNs and the Cristalino State Park;
• Studies of the vegetation’s anatomy and ecological physiology.
• Inventories of biological groups for the identification of new, endemic and/or endangered species of ichthyofauna.
• Periodical assessments of the ecology of the aquatic communities in the reserves and surrounding areas, noting the physical and chemical parameters of the water and the influence of seasonal changes.
• Anthropogenic influence on the biological diversity, with a view to protecting the species of ichthyofauna.
• Inventory and description of the bat population;
• Comparative study of the wealth and abundance of mammals in areas used for education and ecotourism against others where there is no anthropogenic use;
• Monitoring of giant river otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) in the River Cristalino;
• Population health and monitoring of the tapir (Tapirus terrestris);
• Monitoring of primates.
• Surveying and description of terrestrial and aquatic species;
• Description of bird communities linked to bamboo groves.;
• Study of the basic biology and inter-relationships of endemic bird species that are endangered and of conservation interest, that are found in the RPPNs.
rEptILES aND aMPHIBIANS
Supplementing the species list and monitoring of the herpetofauna in the Cristalino RPPNs.
Survey of the fungi and proposals for the conservation of species that are found in the Cristalino reserves.
pUBLIC USE AND CONSERVATION EducaTION
• Monitoring and assessment of the impacts on the trails used by visitors to the Cristalino RPPNs;
• Extension of research on the local vegetation and inter-dependence with the fauna, in order to expand the conservation education;
• Preparation of guides on the species of fauna, flora and fungi in the Cristalino RPPNs.
CLIMATE ANd BiolOgicaL ADaptaTION oF THE EcosYstems
The effects of climate change on biodiversity.
• Valuation of ecosystem services and benefits to the local communities and society in general;
• Payment for environmental services around the conservation areas in the Cristalino region.
• Conservation of the biodiversity and opportunities for sustainable business in the buffer zone of the Cristalino RPPNs and the Cristalino State Park;
• Training aimed at income generation in the areas around the Cristalino RPPNs and the Cristalino State Park.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND FACILITIES
LODGINGS Three types of accommodation are available to those interested in conducting research in the reserves: the Cristalino RPPN Base, the Castanheira RPPN Base and the Ariosto Island Base, the last of which is located in the River Teles Pires.
OBSERVATION TOWERS For the observation of wildlife, especially birds and mammals inhabiting the forest canopy, there are two 50-meter towers, built of galvanized steel, which are strategically placed in different environments within the reserves.
RULES GOVERNING ResEARCH in THE Cristalino RPPNs For the studies to proceed safely and efficiently, certain rules have been introduced that must be followed by the researchers, assistants, interns and any other individuals providing support to the field research. These rules also provide guidance so that good relations are maintained with the communities located in the vicinity of the reserves.
TRAILS The system of trails within the reserves offers 10 different options that cover practically all the different types of local environments and provide researchers with ease of access and opportunities to look at the local fauna and flora.
Guides, Boatmen and Overland Transportation Support To facilitate the research, land transportation can be provided to the bank of the River Teles Pires, as well as boats, fuel, boatman services and trail guides, subject to prior arrangement. Contact the FEC to explain your requirements and check the cost of providing such services.
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