REGUA’s first Researchers Convention was held over three days in May. The event was attended by over 100 delegates which included university students (both graduates and undergraduates), university professors and local and state government representatives.
The Brazilian Environmental State Agency (INEA) gave a presentation on government conservation initiatives including research and government encouragement and support for the creation of private reserves such as REGUA.
Over 40 Masters and PhD theses were presented both orally and in poster display. All of these studies had been based on field work at REGUA. Subjects varied from fly predation on leaf-cutting ants to floristic and fish inventories.
On the final day recommendations are made regarding broadening the range of field studies and communication strategies for the future.
It was a consensus that REGUA provides the best field research site in RJ state.
With thanks to the Petrobras GGV project for their support and funding of this event.