The tropical rainforest has the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. It is estimated that more than half of all the world's plants and animals live in tropical rainforests which cover only 6% of Earth's land surface. However, because of large-scale deforestation and degradation of tropical rainforests, a huge number of animals and plants are expected to disappear every year.
The biodiversity of Amazon forest is also threatened by increasing human activities in the region, especially in the area around Manaus. To solve this crisis, it is essential to improve environmental literacy of people by environmental education in addition to the studies and conservation of endangered species and their natural habitats.
This project aims to develop a model for harmonious coexistence of human and nature by developing a network of "field museum", which is a center for , conservation, environmental education and eco-tourism, based on scientific research of Amazonian ecosystems. The field museum is different from traditional zoos/aquaria in many aspects. It is a network of nature reserves and wildlife observation facilities where a variety of organisms can be observed in captive, semi-captive and wild condition. It is also a place where local people and tourists can experience conservation activities through close contact with researchers from over the world and local communities.
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Updating research would be a important contents for "Field Museum". In this project, we are conductig the following researches.
Studies on plant-animal interaction in Amazon forests
Genome study of Amazonian animals
Experiments and exhibition of Amazonian fish
Real-time monitoring of fish by telemetry
Real-time monitoring of underwater sounds
Study of underwater behaviour of Amazonian manatees
Acoustic and Underwater behavior of Botos
Development of Social Systems for Field Museum Management