North Andean forest - biodiversity and threats
Another participant in the project: Ústav výzkumu globální změny AV ČR, v. v. i.
Annotation of project:
The project is primarily focused on conducting joint, international research. The target groups are experienced researchers and students from the University of Lodz (UŁ), Global Change Research Institute (GCRI), Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (JLU) and Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL) who will carry out joint work in an area of 30 ha of the North Andean forest located in the Sibundoy Valley (department Putumayo, southern Colombia) to explore the diversity of organisms occurring here, to implement multitaxa monitoring and to analyze the impact of small-scale agricultural activities on the biodiversity of the research area. The direct results of the project will be scientific publications on biodiversity of the study area and on the analysis of anthropogenic threats to the North Andean forest. The most important long-term benefit will be the creation of an international team of scientists who will be able to conduct other similar studies in the Neotropics. This cooperation may become the basis for consolidating the work of several research teams, for expanding international cooperation with the state administration, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to improve conservation of the most biodiverse areas of the world.