Specific objectives of INCT-MPEG

  • Evaluate the susceptibility of species of special interest to conservation (those threatened with extinction and endemic species), under contrasting scenarios of climate change;
  • Describe and quantify patterns of landscape transformation created by forest conversion and exploitation in Amazonia;
  • Measure and predict patterns of biodiversity loss associated with different forms of land-use and land management;
  • Evaluate responses of forest biodiversity and ecosystem processes to wildfires;
  • Integrate new and existing datasets to inform scenarios regarding the future of biodiversity in the Amazon;
  • Develop and propose land-use and land-management strategies to minimize and mitigate the negative impacts of changing land-use;
  • Develop and test models of forest restoration in private reserves and riparian habitat;
  • Generate information on the economic and environmental costs and benefits of different land-use change scenarios;
  • Strengthen and motivate a more interdisciplinary approach to research and education across undergraduate and graduate courses in the Amazon region;
  • Strengthen human resources in technical areas, education and science dissemination at universities and research institutes in the Amazon region;
  • Heighten public visibility to more sustainable approaches to rural development ;
  • Improve methods and practices of the teaching of biodiversity and sustainable development in primary and secondary schools across Amazonia;
  • Cooperate with public policy programs for Amazonia, with emphasis in the State of Pará.