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Research Agreement with UNEMAT

  • June, 2013

Through the RAINFOR project funded by the Moore Foundation and led by Professor Oliver Phillips, the University of Leeds has signed a long-term Research Cooperation Agreement with the Universidade do Estado de Mato Grosso (UNEMAT), Brazil. This was possible thanks to the collaboration of Professor Ben Hur Marimon and Professor Beatriz Marimon. Ben Hur and Bia recently carried out research with our Leeds group as part of their post-doctoral studies.

The agreement means  that RAINFOR will contribute towards helping UNEMAT to develop a monitoring network of forest plots in Brazil, especially in Mato Grosso. There will also be interchange of researchers and students, encouraging research and exchange of ideas and experiences; reciprocal training; creation and maintenance of a database; mutual cooperation in supporting the creation of the Institute for Research in Environmental Change (Instituto de Pesquisas em Mudanças Ambientais – IPEMA). Joint publications are anticipated on Ecology, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in the biomes Amazon, Cerrado and Pantanal.

The agreement runs until at least 2018.