Brazil Doubles Amazon Research Funds to US$ 57 Million

The Brazilian government plans to invest approximately US$ 57 million this year on scientific and technological research in the Amazon.

"In 2004 this investment was on the order of US$ 24 million. It has more than doubled, which shows that the intention to support science and technology in the region is being confirmed," commented the president of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC), Ennio Candotti.

Candotti is in charge of a meeting of around 50 university presidents, deans, and coordinators of research projects from throughout the region at the National Institute of Amazon Studies (INPA), in Manaus.

According to the SBPC president, investments on science and technology in the Amazon need to be diversified. At present they are concentrated in the area of environment and natural resources.

"Investments should also be made in engineering, health, social sciences, and the basic fields of chemistry and physics," he said.

At the meeting, which ended Friday, March 3, the scientists are discussing research projects for the region. One of the projects that should be included in the file they will forward to the Ministry of Science and Technology is the organization of the Amazon Biotechnology Center.

"The federal government has already invested US$ 2 million on 12 laboratories that are in the installation phase. Of the 100 top-level scientists to be assigned there, we already have 78 at the institution," informed the Amazonas state secretary of Science and Technology, Marilene Correa.

Environmental Impact

In 2003 the US multinational Cargill built a port near the junction of the Tapajós and Amazon rivers in the city of Santarém, state of Pará. The port is used to ship grains.

Although the port has been operating for three years, a federal court has now ordered a formal Environmental Impact Study, which was not required by the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Environment of the state of Pará when construction of the port began.

According to government attorneys who filed the suit against Cargill, the company ignored an archaeological site near the port and caused possible ecological damages to the Tapajós River.

The port area extends for 580 meters along the banks of the Tapajós River and was built at a cost of US$ 9.4 million. Cargill is expected to appeal the decision to a higher court.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

Seu Lunga: This Brazilian Celebrity Won’t Forgive a Stupid Question

Going through a text about the Turkish folktales of Nasredin Hodja with one of ...

Best-seller Books, Plays and Movies

By Brazzil Magazine Plays, movies & best-seller books PLAYS Rio Como Encher um Biquíni ...

With 9% Growth Argentina’s Risk Falls and Brazil Is Left Behind

Argentina's rate risk dropped Friday below that of neighboring Brazil, a day after the ...

Brazil Wishes to Free the Internet from US Control

At the 2nd Global Society of Information Summit, in November, in Tunis (Tunisia), Brazil ...

Popular Art Gets Its Fair in Brazilian Northeast

Brazil's Fenearte (National Handicraft Business Fair), which will open its ninth edition this weekend ...

Organic Farmers from Brazil Show Their Stuff at Nuremberg’s Biofach

The Biofach, the world largest international fair for organic products, gets underway this Thursday, ...

Brazil Shows Its Best at German Dental Show

This year there will be almost four times as many Brazilian orthodontic equipment and ...

Led by Mineral Extraction, Brazilian Industry Is Pulling Economy Up

Industry was one of the main bases of growth for the Brazilian Gross Domestic ...

Brazil’s Unemployment Down for December and the Year 2008

In Brazil, the unemployment rate in the country's six largest metropolitan regions was 7.9% ...