A new line of research will be assessing how the land use around the Cantareira System of water reservoirs affects water quality. The Cantareira System is an interlinked series of water reservoirs that supply water to about 9 million people in São Paulo. A long-term goal of the research is to inform how best to restore the landscape’s forest to maximize both water quality and biodiversity benefits.
Jenkins will also expand the training program in geospatial technologies for conservation that he developed at IPE. He will advise graduate students at ESCAS: Escola Superior de Conservacao Ambiental e Sustentabilidade (School of Environmental Conservation and Sustainability)–the sister university of IPÊ. Currently ESCAS has a master’s degree program and there is a plan to establish a doctorate program in the future.
Jenkins said: “Locally based capacity for conservation is essential if we want to maintain biodiversity into the future. Conservation at a distance does not work. You need in-country capacity and resources to succeed long-term. That is what I want to contribute to in Brazil.”