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Terms of Agreement for Researchers 
Developing Studies in the FLONA Tapajos

"Termos de Compromisso dos Pesquisadores Quando do Desenvolvimento dePesquisa na Floresta Nacional do Tapajos", Floresta Nacional do Tapajos

-IBAMA/Santarem/PA

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 IBAMA’s code of ethics, rules and regulations. Please read and abide by them.

The Researcher Should:

  • Communicate in writing to the director of the Flona Tapajós, information on any person acting inappropriately within the FLONA. *This would most likely be done by the Santarém Field Operations Office after a detailed discussion with the researcher and any other witnesses.

  • Leave the lodging, any equipment, and the premises within the FLONA clean and in good condition;. It is the researcher’s 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 IBAMA.

  • 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 FLONA. 

  • 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 research. 

  • 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 Tapajós;

  • use water bodies for solid or liquid waste dumping;

  • allow people who are not part of your research project into areas not authorized for visitation;

  • 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.

 

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