Scientific Research

In order to conserve biodiversity, first it is essential to understand it: the Xixuaú has therefore hosted various scientific research projects, in partnership with the foremost research institutions from Brazil and across the globe.

The project favours research that can contribute to sustainable livelihoods as well as promoting the conservation of forest biodiversity and ecosystem services. The active involvement of local people in research activities can help them understand their natural resources and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to manage them sustainably. Participatory research can specifically help the communities to identify and develop opportunities for generating realistic levels of income from their natural resources.
Among the main projects are:
  • Census of non-flying mammals and birds with the University of Copenhagen
  • Research into the impact of tourism in a protected area of intact forest
  • Research into the magical and religious beliefs of the ribeirinho population
  • Biology and ecology of the reserve’s unrivalled population of giant otters (Pteronura brasiliensis) with the University of Rome
  • Study of river dolphin species, Boto (Inia geoffrensis) and Tucuxi (Sotalia fluviatilis)
  • A Community Botany project with the Brazilian National Amazon Research Institute (INPA), the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (England), and the Roraima State University.
  • Survey of terrestrial fauna using camera traps with State University of Roraima and Museum of Trento (MUSE)


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