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Feb 23, 2012

Biodiversity East of Andes in Amazon Region of Bolivia & Peru Requires Conservation

Andes Mountains near La Paz-Coroico 
Photo courtesy of Guillaume Audureau
On 27 January 2012 scientists published their findings in BMC Ecology on biodiversity on the Eastern slopes of the Andes mountains and the Amazon region of Bolivia and Peru.  The study provides a biodiversity map detailing biological species and 91 unique ecosytems that are in need of protection and conservation.

The study was done using satellite images and data from over 100 years of scientific expeditions to the region.  As researcher Jesus Cordova from the Department of Herpetology at the Museum of Natural History at the University of San Marcos in Peru noted, some of the most vulnerable ecosystems documented were the cloud forest and the high forest.

Co-author Carmen Josse, regional ecologist for Latin America and the Caribbean at NatureServe noted that the findings are very relevant to public policy and indigenous people.  Principal investigator Stef de Haan from the International Potato Center added that "it is therefore important to include local people in activities that help them implement and evaluate their ancestral knowledge or represent new resources."

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