Use of Bioindicators for Water Quality Evaluation

////Use of Bioindicators for Water Quality Evaluation

Course Title:
USE OF BIOINDICATORS FOR THE EVALUATION OF WATER QUALITY IN MADRE DE DIOS.

Details:
Province of Tambopata. Department of Madre de Dios, Peru
September 15-17 September, 2016
Organized by CINCIA and UNAMAD
2nd Amphitheater Place of UNAMAD and Regional Environmental Laboratory-INRENMA Directed to teachers and university students and technical staff of various institutions.
Contact araujojm@wfu.edu

Summary
The Amazonian department of Madre de Dios is a region of strong contrasts. On one hand, it constitutes a hotspot in terms of biodiversity with extensive masses of primary forest, while on the other hand, it presents the highest rate of national immigration, basing its economy on extractive activities such as alluvial gold mining and logging. This region has remained unchanged in part because of its isolation from the rest of the country and its low population density. Since the 1980s, however, its population has increased fivefold and since 2010, with the paving of the south inter-oceanic road, all the extractive processes have accelerated, as has the expansion of the agricultural frontier.

Currently, extensive areas are being deforested and transformed by human activity. The deterioration in the surrounding water bodies has an impact on these parameters, altering the environmental parameters as well as the aquatic communities whose diversity indexes function as indicators, which are sensitive to anomalies generated abroad and detectable by relatively simple techniques.

CINCIA seeks to promote local capacities and scientific innovation to meet the challenges of the region’s reality. CINCIA generates valuable information to support public policies and, at the same time, a better qualified technical staff. This course proposes the training of technical personnel and the use of hydrobiological indicators to better describe the changes taking place in our immediate environment.

Content
The course will present 2 well-defined components. First, the fish community is studied as a tool to determine the state of conservation of water bodies, and secondly, the use of aquatic macroinvertebrates will be analyzed.

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