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  Folha Amazônica

Activity Type Year
Activity Description

Formal Training


  • This science team supported 10 Ph.D. students, 4 MS students, and 9 undergraduate students. All but 3 of these students are Brazilians; 70 percent are based at Amazonian institutions. Among the Ph.D. students directly supported by this grant are:

    • L. Chermont (London School of Economics) develops research on economic fire model;
    • S. Rivero (Universidade Federal do Pará/NAEA)develops reserch on agent-based model of selective logging;

    • G. Cardinot (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) works on drought effects on canopy water relations;

    • O. Carvalho (currently applying to Ph.D. program) woks on the fire effects on forest biomass and game species;

    • L. Miranda (Universidade Federal do Pará/NAEA) develops research on the effect of fire prevention programs on farmer behavior;

    • L. M. Breyer works on eddy covariance analysis of fire effects on Cerrado carbon flux;

    • A. Santos (Universidade de Brasília)works on eddy co-variance and fire effects;

    • R. Oliveira (University of California-Berkeley) studies the drought effects on water use;

    • J. Benito Guerreiros (Universidade de Brasília)works on experimental fires.

Forums with Amazonian Regional Government/Industry Decisionmakers


    IPAM scientists have engaged in disseminating LBA-Ecology research program to politicians and members of the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT). Some of these efforts in 2001 included:

  • Oficina de Gestão Ambiental da BR 163
    (Workshop for the Environmental Management of the BR 163)

    This workshop was addressed to representatives of six districts along the BR-163, in the Cuiabá-Santarém area. Several local decision-makers participated in the meetings, including Secretaries of Agriculture and Environment and heads of rural worker unions.

    As part of the workshop, regional natural resource managers visited several of the LBA experiments underway at the Tapajós forest.

    Interviews were conducted with regional land holders and the regional heads of INCRA and IBAMA.

  • Presentation of LBA research results at the Brazilian Congress

    By invitation of Senator Marina Silva (Acre), Dr. Daniel Nepstad presented results of analyses of transportation infra-structure effects on land use before the Brazilian Congress.

    As a result, IPAM organized a two-day Congressional Seminar in April 2001. After this event, the head of the government infra-structure program “Avança Brasil”, José Silveira, visited IPAM along with six of his staff to discuss IPAM’s research results.

    As Minister of the Environment, Ms. Marina Silva invited IPAM to present a seminar to representatives and staff of the Ministry of the Environemnt about the state of knowledge of Amazon fire.

Information Dissemination in Popular Media


    Dissemination of LBA results in popular media has been a high priority for this team. Major Brazilian and US magazines and newspapers published articles addressing crucial questions on environmental impacts and management of Amazonian resources based on scientific results produced by this team:

  • Folha de São Paulo, December 1999

    This major Brazilian newspaper featured a four-page story on the Rainfall Exclusion Experiment, a project conducted by this science team.


  • Time Magazine, October 6, 2000

    This edition featured the cover story The Road to Disaster by Eugene Linden, in which he gives a detailed report on how highways in the Amazon help destroy the rain forest based on interviews with Daniel Nepstad.

  • Veja Magazine, November 22, 2000

    This highly circulated Brazilian magazine featured a cover story including a one page description of the Rainfall Exclusion Experiment, on November 22, 2000.

  • Folha de São Paulo, March 23, 2000

    This major Brazilian newspaper showed a cover page headline story describing an analysis of road effects on deforestation and burning produced by this science team.


  • The Rainfall Exclusion Experiment on CBC

    This project was featured in David Suzuki’s CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) television program "The Nature of Things". The documentary was filmed in Brazil in December 2001.

Local Community / Government Outreach


  • The US Embassador to Brazil visited the Rainfall Exclusion Experiment Projeto Seca Floresta

    This event was featured in the Brazilian prime time Globo Reporter TV show.

  • Projeto Seca Floresta

    Results of the Rainfall Exclusion Experiment were presented at a science fair in Santarém, Brazil, organized by the local board of education.

  • Lectures for the dissemination of LBA results were presented at:
    • The World Bank (Washington, DC)
    • Stanford University
    • University of California-Irvine
    • Packard Foundation
    • COP10 Meeting, Buenos Aires.


  • Amazon Scenarios User Group Meeting

    This two-day workshop was convened in Lima, Peru, in May 2004, with 60 participants representing NGOs and science institutions from five Amazonian countries.

Short Courses / Seminars / Workshops / Conferences


  • Despertar para a Ciência (Wake-up to Science)

    In 2001, this educational program was initiated and provided field training in Ecology for 20 undergraduate Biology students from local universities in Santarém.

    This program is a collaborative effort between IPAM, the Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA), Faculdades Integradas do Tapajós (FIT), and Universidade Luterana Brasileira (ULBRA). It is designed to immerse promising young biologists in hands-on research developed during a six-day field course at the Tapajós National Forest. Students visit different LBA research projects and conduct individual field studies addressing questions related to ecological studies. During the training period, students reside at the Km 84 Santarém LBA Base Camp.

    The outstanding student of each group is awarded a “prize”: a six-month scholarship to conduct research within IPAM’s Rainfall Exclusion Experiment.

  • Ecosystem Ecology Course

    Two five-day courses were taught by Dr. Daniel Nepstad, as part of the UFPA/NAEA (Núcleo de Altos Estudos Amazônicos) doctoral program.


  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Land Use Planning

    A twelve-day course taught to approximately 18 students selected from across Brazil, held at the Universidade de Brasília (UnB).

  • Ecosystem Ecology

    A 10-day field course taught to 14 Brazilian graduate students from local educational institutions in Santarém and Belém. The course included hands-on activities conducted at FLONA-Tapajós.

  • Community and Ecosystem Ecology

    Courses taught by Dr. Paulo Moutinho (IPAM) as part of the activities of the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi (MPEG) Graduate Program.

  • Despertar para a Ciência

    This program, initiated in 2001, continued to be offered by Osvaldo de Carvalho Jr (IPAM) for students in the Santarém region in Brazil.


  • Course on Field Ecology

    This 11-day course was taught to 14 students from Yale University and 15 Brazilian students from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and other local universities in Santarém and Belém.


  • A ecologia da floresta tropical: bases para a conservação e desenvolvimento (Tropical Forest Ecology: basis for conservation and development)

    This eight-day course on field ecology was taught to LBA students and local university students in Santarém, Pará.

  • Course on Gestão Ambiental (Environmental Management)

    This course was taught as part of the core curriculum of UFPA/NAEE interdisciplinary doctoral program in Tropical Development. It included latest LBA research results.


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