The Consortium

Signing the Cooperation Agreement. Belém, November 29th 2013

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From left: Director at the Goeldi Museum, Dr. Nilson Gabas jr.; Dean at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiO, Dr. Morten Dæhlen; the Ambassador of Norway, her Excellency Mrs. Aud Marit Wiig, Executive Vice President of Hydro B&A, Mr. Johnny Undeli; state secretary of Pará, Mr. David Leal; Vice-Rector of UFPA, Dr. Horacio Schneider; and Rector of UFRA, Dr. Sueo Numazawa.
Photo: Fridtjof Mehlum, UiO.


The Biodiversity Research Consortium Brazil-Norway (BRC) was established in 2013. Uniting five Brazilian and Norwegian institutions, the main aim of the cooperation is to develop environmental research in the eastern Brazilian Amazon. The specific research projects fall into three areas:

1) Biodiversity surveys and monitoring in mining areas and surroundings

2) Greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon footprint related to mining operations

3) Restoration of tropical forests, including restoration of biodiversity and forest soils


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Norsk Hydro University of Oslo (UiO)

Emilio Goeldi Museum of Pará (MPEG)

Federal University of Pará (UFPA) Federal Rural University of the Amazon (UFRA)

 BRC Goals

  • Develop research activities
  • Srengthen university - industry partneships
  • Integrate graduate students in research and promote exchange

  Preliminary Results

  • BRC is a fully operational research consortium
  • 11 research projects are approved and secured funding
  • University-industry relations are strengthened
  • Brazilian and Norwegian master and PhD students are taking part of research
  • A Strategic Research Program 2015-2020 is approved