Terms of Agreement for Researchers
Developing Studies in the FLONA
"Termos de Compromisso dos Pesquisadores Quando do Desenvolvimento
dePesquisa na Floresta Nacional do Tapajos", Floresta Nacional do Tapajos
Additional comments have been added by
Logistics Support Staff for
clarification. (see * )
The Brazilian National Institute for the Environment and Renewable
Natural Resources (IBAMA - Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos
Naturais Renováveis) is the responsible agency for all federal protected areas and
"conservation units" throughout the country. These conservation units include
those which are managed for direct use (national forests, environmental protected areas,
and extractive reserves), and those managed for indirect use (national parks, biological
reserves, ecological stations and ecological reserves). All have characteristically
different management regimes and rules for research conduct within their boundaries.
The director for the FLONA Tapajós, has
asked us to pass on to the LBA-ECO participants who will be working within the FLONA
IBAMAs code of ethics, rules and regulations. Please read and abide by them.
The Researcher Should:
Leave the lodging, any equipment, and the premises within the FLONA clean and in good
condition;. It is the researchers responsibility to replace all equipment or items
he/she abuses or breaks.*There is no permanent storage
at the base camp due to space limitations.
Accept full responsibility for any equipment you are borrowing from the IBAMA
conservation unit. *Nothing is ever borrowed from
Provide advance notice to the FLONA director prior to visiting the reserve and using the
lodging facilities. *All permission requests for
researchers are run through the Santarém Field
Operations Office after receiving the
researcher's STI. If it is a new researcher (first time in the FLONA) a
request is made that the person be added to the group's research permit to
work in the FLONA. If it is a veteran researcher, their name and dates go on
a monthly letter sent to IBAMA informing them who will be in the FLONA and
when. FLONA ID cards are in the process of being made for all researchers,
technicians and staff that are in the FLONA with any frequency. These will
include the person's picture, team number, and title on them as well as
contact information for the project, IBAMA, and Embrapa. The IDs are signed
by the Santarém Field Operations Office
Manager and the FLONA manager at IBAMA.
Follow the research schedule and provide advance notice to the FLONA director about any
changes. *The Santarém office would normally handle
this. Researchers inform office of date changes (since they would need
to change their base camp and/ or vehicle reservation anyway) and the office
communicates any changes to IBAMA.
Remove all equipment, fences, and research-related materials from the FLONA immediately
after the field study is done. *All permanent or
semi-permanent fixtures including towers, huts etc. must be authorized by
IBAMA before being installed.
Send a copy of the technical report, other reports and maps resulting from the research
carried out in the FLONA to the administrative office (attn director) for the
Collect only the quantity and type of biological material which was specified in the
research permission request approved by IBAMA for this work in the FLONA. *Please
make a note that any samples that need to be transported within Brazil must
have written authorization from IBAMA and the ministry of agriculture before
they can be shipped. Santarém Field Operations Office also takes care of
this paperwork. This paperwork requires three days for processing.
Provide an explanation, when asked by visitors to the
FLONA, about your activities and
Provide partial support for diesel fuel (for generators) and water supply at the camps
in the FLONA. *This has already been handled.
Pay for cleaning material at the camps used for the research project in the
FLONA. *Same as above.
Collect all inorganic trash generated in the FLONA camp in plastic bags for transport to
the urban dump. *This is very important and applies to
both organic and inorganic trash.
Collect all inorganic trash accumulated at the research sites in plastic bags and take
these bags to the FLONA base camp so they can be transported to the urban dump.
*Same as above.
Present partial research results (through the research period at intervals to be decided
by the FLONA administration) and final research results to the GRUPO GESTOR and to
communities surrounding the FLONA. *Something for the
community would be a talk at a local university or institution when
the researcher is in town, for example.
The Researcher Should Not:
collect, capture or keep animals or plants when it is not authorized as part of your
research in the FLONA;
drive vehicles imprudently and in excess of 40 km/hour within the FLONA
use water bodies for solid or liquid waste dumping;
allow people who are not part of your research project into areas not authorized for
fish in water courses within the FLONA;
hunt wild animals within the FLONA Tapajós; and
allow people to stay at the FLONA base who are not part of the authorized research team.