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Project Team & #8220; Avoiding the Merganser Extinction & #8221; records species in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goiás

by Gislaine Disconzi, Instituto Amada Terra

Rio Preto, Goiás. Photo: IAT Collection

The project Avoiding the Merganser Extinction in the Veadeiros Corridor & #8211; High Landing & #8211; Kalunga, which is performed by Amada Terra Institute, and has the support of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fundand Brazilian International Institute of Education (IEB), made a field expedition this April in the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, Goiás, where he spotted EIGHT INDIVIDUALS of the species (Mergos octosetaceus).

The project has carried out a series of river embarkations, seeking to improve information on the presence of Merganser in the region. The species is considered one of the most threatened Americas and was declared the Ambassador of Brazilian Continental Waters. On April 2 and 3, a team of five people, three canoeing professionals, the project's technical field coordinator and the public use coordinator of the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, traveled approximately 40 km from the Rio Preto looking for individuals of the species. This is the first of several actions to be undertaken within a protection strategy within the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park, located in the state of Goiás.

Team on expedition to Rio Preto. Photo: IAT Collection

Team on the field: Wellinton from France Lima; Carlos Alexandre Xavier; Guilherme Predebon (Embedded Field Consultant); Fernando H. Previdente (Field Coordinator) and André Ribeiro (PNCV Public Use Coordinator).

See more news about the expedition at site ICMBio in the Planet connection and in social networks!

Watch the video which records the presence of the Brazilian Merganser during the team's expedition to Rio Preto!

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.



Avoiding the Merganser Extinction in Chapada dos Veadeiros, Goiás, Brazil

The project “Avoiding the extinction of the Brazilian Merganser in the Veadeiros-Pouso Alto-Kalunga corridor” Its activities started in January 2018, in the city of Alto Paraíso de Goiás, located in the Chapada dos Veadeiros region. The project aims to carry out monitoring and research activities of the Merganser, public awareness actions and training on the current conservation status of the species. The project lasts for two years and is funded by the & #8220; Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund ”- (CEPF)with the support of International Institute of Education of Brazil (IIEB). The project is executed by Amada Land Institute of Social Inclusion (IAT)Its basic team is composed by the General Coordinator: Gislaine Disconzi, Field Coordinator: Fernando Previdente, Educommunication Coordinator: Maria Beatriz Maury and Financial Coordinator: Paulo Henrique Golçalves.

Why take care of the Merganser?

With a small population and living in a restricted environment, the Merganser is a rare bird that is critically endangered. Its occurrence is currently only in Brazil. It has already disappeared in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Paraná and Santa Catarina and also in Argentina and Paraguay. Its presence indicates a good state of conservation of the environment, being a species restricted to environments of rapids, waterfalls and backwaters of clean and crystalline waters.

Some results of the project and its partnerships

Brazilian Merganser Launched as Brazil's Water Ambassador

On March 20th of this year, in the World Water Forum, in Brasilia, the Merganser received from the Ministry of the Environment the title of Ambassador of Brazilian Waters.

AMADA TERRA INSTITUTE TEAM WAS AT THE 8TH WORLD WATER FORUM: Gislaine Disconzi, Project Coordinator, Maria Beatriz Maury, Educommunication Coordinator, along with Ricardo Soavinsky, ICMBIO President, Rita Surrage de Medeiros, Pato Mergulhão PAN Coordinator CEMAVE, Prof. Sávio Bruno Freire, from UFF, Luís Fábio da Silveira, from USP, Paulo Zuquim Antas, from Funatura, Reinaldo Lourival, Nature and International Culture, Fabiane Sebaio, from Cervivo and Sônia Rigueira from Instituto Terra Brasilis. Celebrating the well deserved choice of the Brazilian Merganser for the title of Brazilian Water Ambassador. Photo: © IAT

Sighting of individuals on field expeditions

Since the beginning of the project, trainings, river embarkations and expeditions of reconnaissance of areas of the species registration have been carried out, aiming to locate individuals for future marking, ringing and placement of radios and GPS. In two of these expeditions, a couple and an individual have already been sighted. In Chapada dos Veadeiros, it is estimated that there are about 50 to 60 individuals, which makes these sightings a spectacular result, in a short period of time.

Individual located on the project expedition Avoiding the extinction of the Merganser in Chapada dos Veadeiros. Photo: © IAT

Chapada Television Show

In June, TV Record aired a documentary series about Chapada dos Veadeiros, dedicating an episode to the Merganser. To this end, he accompanied the Project team on one of their expeditions. This is a very positive result, which helps in the conservation of the species.

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* Text provided by Maria Beatriz Maury, Coordinator of Educommunication, Instituto Amada Terra