Research Guidelines and Policies
Field Station Manual
The Project Amazonas Field Station&Operations Manual may be downloaded as a pdf file from the Document Center. The manual contains extensive information about the field station facilities, habitats, flora and fauna, access, station rates, and associated information, as well as including the information presented below.
Field Station Use
Priority of station use is for educational groups, medical service groups, and researchers. Ecotourists are welcome on a space available basis, and ecotour fees help fund operations and subsidize student researchers.
Review of Research Proposals
Proposed research protocols should be submitted prior to the start of research. Protocols are assessed for their scientific integrity and to ensure that the proposed research is compatible with the objectives of Project Amazonas and does not compromise the integrity of pre-existing research programs and activities. We may also be able to suggest modifications in research protocols to better match local conditions, provide access to needed materials or information, and advise researchers with regards to any necessary permits.
Commercial collecting is not permitted. Limited collecting for justified scientific purposes (identification, voucher specimens, scientific collections, etc.) is permitted following review of research protocols. Any necessary collecting/export/import permits for Peru (see below) or for the researchers home country are the responsibility of the researcher, although Project Amazonas may be able to assist with acquiring permits in some cases.
Animal Handling and Care
Animals used for research or educational, or other activities should be treated in accordance to accepted animal-care ethics and protocols. All animals should be released as soon as possible and as close to their point of capture as possible, to ensure that they are returned to their appropriate habitat/home range, and to avoid undue stress or unnatural gene flow. Any collected specimens must be euthanized humanely according to standard ethical procedures.
Users should make every effort to have minimal impact on the natural environment at the field stations. This is critical for the long-term integrity of the habitats at each site. To achieve this, we request that:
- Non-destructive sampling techniques be used whenever possible.
- Flagging and marking of research plots, plants, or animals be done in a discrete manner, and that all flagging/marking/other materials be removed and disposed of appropriately at the end of research/educational projects. Spent batteries and other materials should be taken taken home and recycled appropriately - there are no facilities for recycling in our area of operation.
- Machetes not be used unless absolutely necessary. Researchers should not cut or otherwise establish additional trails/grids without express previous permission. If trails/grids are to be established, we request that this be done in a manner that minimizes damage to plants and environments, as well as visual impact.
- Researchers provide a brief summary report at an appropriate time after the end of their research activities. Also we request that copies of any resultant publications be sent to Project Amazonas, or that we be notified of pertinent publication details.
Peruvian Scientists and Students
We encourage researchers to collaborate with Peruvian scientists, and to use Peruvian students as field assistants. We are happy to put researchers in contact with Peruvian colleagues and students whenever possible. Reduced field station rates may be available for Peruvian collaborators and field assistants in many instances. We can also arrange for local field assistants at very reasonable rates upon request.
Intellectual Property Rights
Researchers planning on studying ethnobotany or otherwise working with local people and making use of their accumulated knowledge should familiarize themselves with issues related to intellectual property rights and use of traditional knowledge. We wish to ensure that Amazonian peoples are treated fairly, and that they receive the credit, recompense, and consideration they are due as guardians of traditional knowledge accumulated over thousands of years. For additional information on this important subject, please refer to the Project Amazonas Field Station and Operations Manual (Document Center - pdf file).
Protection of flora and fauna in Peru is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture and its sub-branch, the National Institute for Natural Resources (INRENA – Instituto Nacional de Recursos Naturales). Export of plants or animals from Peru (live, dead, or parts thereof) requires an INRENA permit, and may also require CITES permits and/or permits from the researchers home country. Some research activities may also require an INRENA permit. For permit and contact information, visit the INRENA website at:
http://www.minag.gob.pe/MINAG/inrena/ (Phone) 011-51-1225-1053 (if calling from outside of Peru); (FAX) 011-51-1-224-3298 extension 118
English translations of some INRENA permit requirements are available upon request.