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Japanese report

AS-HOPE report

Number: AS-24-AM02

Attend the workshop at National Institute of Amazon, Brazil and observation of Amazon forests and eco-tourism

Report: Sugiura Hideki

Date: 2012/10/21 - 2012/10/30

 I attended a workshop on "field museum, conservation and research of wild animals" held at National Institute of Amazon Research (INPA). I also visited facilities of the institute, and I learned the rehabilitation program of wild manatees and its facilities. I was impressed by the large scale and high level of the institute.

 I visited Amazon River and observed wild animals including Amazon river dolphins and tucuxis, and riverine forests. I attended eco-tours around Manaus City to observe the state of eco-tourism there.

 I visited conserved forest of  INPA, called ZF-2, and observed tropical rain forest without human disturbance and research facilities there. Forest of Amazon has highly diverse trees. Tree crowns were not closed completely and trees were not as large as those in South-Eastern Asian forests, probably due to higher disturbance by wind and rain. It was very good opportunity to broaden my view of tropical rain forests.

Photo 1 Rehabilitation program of manatees at INPA.

Photo 2 A wild Tucuxi in Amazon River.

Photo 3 A rain forest of Amazon (research forest of INPA), view from the top of research tower.

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