Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
The group acts at the interface between the use and conservation of natural resources. It adopts innovative and multidisciplinary approaches, aiming to contribute to more sustainable mining for the environment. A first group of projects seeks to characterize the biodiversity of the Cangas of Carajás, where most of the mines are concentrated. Through the morphological and molecular characterization of this biodiversity, ecological niche modeling and assessments of the conservation status of endangered species, the knowledge necessary to support environmental licensing processes is generated. In addition, landscape biomonitoring, ecology and genetics projects contribute to the quantification of mining impacts and the planning of mitigation and recovery actions in degraded areas. Finally, through the mapping of several ecosystem services and their economic valuation, the group seeks to inform compensation actions.