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Environment/Energy (Global‐scale environmental issues)

  • SDGs15
  • SDGs17
  • SDGs4
Principal Investigator (Affiliation) 日本 Prof.
KOHSHIMA Shiro
(Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University)
ブラジル Dr.
Vera M. F. da Silva
(National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA))
Research Institutions in Japan Kyoto University
Research Institutions in Brazil National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA)
Adoption fiscal year FY 2013
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Federative Republic of Brazil
General Description of the Research Project

Contributing to sustainable regional development while conserving the Amazonian ecosystem
The precious Amazonian ecosystem in the outskirts of Manaus, Brazil is in danger. It is here that a Field Museum Network, consisting of facilities for observational studies of nature and a nature reserve, has been established. In addition to conducting research that makes use of bio-logging* and other cutting-edge Japanese technology and establishing methods of conserving ecosystems, this project aims to achieve sustainable development of the local society and economy through ecotourism and other means. In addition, the project is attempting to develop programs for environmental education and ecotourism and establish an organizational structure for self-sustaining operation. * Bio-logging: A research method that enables behavioral and ecological studies by attaching miniaturized cameras and sensors to animals.

A model of coexistence between humanity and nature centered on field museums!
In addition to conserving the precious nature of the Amazon, the establishment of the Field Museum Network also makes possible the building of social systems that are economically sustainable. The deployment of this model to other tropical countries and regions dealing with the problem of the destruction of nature due to urbanization could contribute to conservation of the global ecosystem and biodiversity.

Photo gallery
Flooded forest along the Cueiras River. During the flooded season, aquatic life enters the forest to feed.

Flooded forest along the Cueiras River. During the flooded season, aquatic life enters the forest to feed.

A rescued baby sloth. Once it has recovered its health, it will be returned to the INPA forest.

A rescued baby sloth. Once it has recovered its health, it will be returned to the INPA forest.

Boto: Amazon river dolphin. Researchers use advanced equipment to study sounds and animal behavior in the water.

Boto: Amazon river dolphin. Researchers use advanced equipment to study sounds and animal behavior in the water.

Research Project Web site http://www.wrc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/satreps/english/index.html
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Links Project Introduction Video
http://www.itochu.co.jp/en/csr/social/amazon/

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