Andes Mountains near La Paz-Coroico
Photo courtesy of Guillaume Audureau
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."
Swenson, Jennifer J., Bruce E Young, Stephan Beck, Pat Comer, Jesus H Cordova, Jessica Dyson, Dirk Embert,Filomeno Encarnacion, Wanderley Ferreira, Irma Franke, Dennis Grossman, Pilar Hernandez, Sebastian K Herzog, Carmen Josse, Gonzalo Navarro, Victor Pacheco, Bruce A Stein, Martin Timana, Antonio Tovar, Carolina Tovar, Julieta Vargas and Carlos M Zambrana-Torrelio, "Plant and animal endemism in the eastern Andean slope: Challenges to conservation," BMC Ecology, 27 January 2012.