This page details the access conditions to the Nouragues Ecological Research Station, and the authorisations for collecting biological material at the site.
Le Policies and Procedures document of CNRS Guyane includes an annex relative to Nouragues. This annex clarifies the working rules, and health and security porcedures at the Station. This document includes information on access conditions, rules for sharing space, and informs about security practices.
Another annex concerns the situation regarding malaria at the station.
These documents should be read and signed before travelling to the station.
The Nouragues Ecological Research Station is a scientfiic research station. For this reason, its access is restricted to individuals involved in scientific research projects, or supporting such projects. The projects should be duly approved by the Scientific Board.
The Nouragues station is not open to the public. Targeted non-scientific visits may be authorized for journalists, artists, or other principal investigators of projects in relation to the science at Nouragues. Authorisations are granted by the direction team of the Station.
Requests to visit the Nouragues Ecological Research Station should be motivated by a scientific project.
Every year (since 2007) a competitive call for proposals is issued to foster novel research at the Station. The selected projects cover travel to and from the Station and help facilitate research at the Station.
In addition to projects granted through annual calls, scientific projects funded by other bodies are welcome at the Station. Specific requests for initiating projects should be sent to the science director and a copy to the technical director. The expected text should clarify the research questions, proposed methodology, and needs in the field.
The Scientific Board has the right to deny the access to the Station for some projects.
Authorization to access the Nouragues Ecological Research Station by CNRS is transmitted to the manager of the Nouragues Natural Reserve. Because it is a protected area, Nouragues Natural Reserve also has specific regulations concerning access.
For all: Approve and sign the document about regulations of the Nouragues Research Station.
For scientists: Approve of collection authorization regulations (see below)
For media: Approve and sign the CNRS conditions for media shooting (contact the communication manager of CNRS Guyane)
A daily fee applies to all visitors at the Nouragues Station. This fee includes food (breakfast, light midday meal, and dinner) and a sleeping space. The visitors are expected to help with cooking and clearing the living spaces while at the station.
Please download the PDF document below (in French) for more details above the daily fees at the Station. Preferably, the payment should be performed before the travel. Please contact the Nouragues manager: Dorothée Deslignes.
Hammock and mosquito net are not provided. Plan to buy a package before going to the station. They can be found easily at various retailers in downtown Cayenne.
The Nouragues Station is established within the Nouragues Reserve Area (JO 20/12/95). Hunting, fishing, harvest are prohibited, as well as the introduction of exotic plants and animals, wild or domesticated.
Sample collections necessary to scientific research may be performed provided that their impact upon the environment are considered as being negligible, and that they are scientifically motivated. A request for collecting biological material will need to be submitted to the Scientific Board. Research projets should clearly state the scientific objectives and the methods. Those that may disturb the environment will be turned down.
Tree, treelet or palm cutting are prohibited. Sample collections dedicated to herbaria (vouchers) are allowed. Collections must be properly labelled, and a summary information be made available to the Station. For fertile botanical collections, a sample should be deposited to the Cayenne Herbarium. Collecting botanical samples with a rifle is prohibited.
Collection of seeds, seedlings, or small vegetal organisms for experimental cultures (algae, lichens, grasses, epiphytes) is authorized so long as the collections are small, with no effect on the population dynamics. Large collections are prohibited. Many orchid species are under strict reglementation, and it is generally advise not to collect them, unlike as part of a specific scientific project.
Collection of insects and other invertebrates must be selective, with no impact upon the local population or upon related species. For instance, intensive collection methods (light traps, fogging) are prohibited.
Samples must be monitored, and a collection must be deposited in the collections of the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle.
Animal body remains (bones) found in the forest are collected at the Station to study the causes of natural mortality. It is strictly prohibited to bring these remains outside the Station.
Soil and sediment collection for chemical or other analyses is authorized provided that it does not disturb the soil environment. The method and collection sites must be provided to the Station.