Researchers from Brazil and Norway met at the seminar "Protecting biodiversity in the Amazon region" and presented the results of the reforestation work and the effects on plants and animals in the area.
Hydro is committed to maintaining and restoring biodiversity in the Paragominas bauxite mine. This is located in the Amazon Basin, a rainforest area with a myriad of species that also plays an important role in climate change.
The seminar participants learned how to reduce deforestation, improve reforestation of affected areas and monitor the health of species - especially endangered species - in the study area.
Domingos Campos, Head of HSE & amp; CSR in the Bauxite & amp; Alumina said the event had given everyone greater insight into the different approaches and ways of working on biodiversity.
"For me, the seminar was a unique opportunity to bring all researchers from Brazil and Norway together and to get an impression of the Norwegian side of how the work done in Brazil is perceived in Norway.
It was an important opportunity to show the challenges that such a project is facing in Brazil so that people understand the reality in Brazil. "
His colleague Victor Barbosa, responsible for the fauna in Paragominas, gave a presentation on the rehabilitation of 14,000 hectares of land since 2009. Some 65 local employees work in the project, which aims to provide one hectare for everyone by 2017 Degradation to revive impaired hectares.
Bernt Malme, Head of Environment in Hydro, informed the participants about Hydro's work in Brazil: “The seminar was an important step forward. It was an opportunity to show key stakeholders in Norway what we do and to get valuable feedback from them, ”said Malme.
“We also talked about next year's research priorities and longer-term strategy. I see that we have come closer since the consortium was founded. Now we are having an open and constructive dialogue with the partners. We want to use the results to improve our reforestation work, and for that we need suggestions and results from the partners. ”