Museum scientists are due to work with Paraguayan partners to record the little known biodiversity of the Dry Chaco region.
Later this month Natural History Museum scientists, in collaboration with our partner organisation the Natural History Museum in Asuncion, representatives from indigenous communities and the Paraguayan authorities, are due to start a month-long expedition to explore and record the little known biodiversity of the Dry Chaco region in Paraguay.
The information and specimens collected on this trip will help scientists to understand for the first time the richness and diversity of the animals and plants in this remote region. The Governments and conservation groups are able to use such information to better understand how to manage fragile habitats and protect them for future generations.
When visiting remote areas we are always aware of the fact that there may be issues relating to the indigenous people who live there. We always take advice on these issues from the relevant national authorities, as we are doing in Paraguay.
Concerns relating to the indigenous people of the area have been taken into account during the planning of the expedition. Our primary concern is for the welfare of the members of the expedition team and the people of the Dry Chaco region.
We are delighted to be working with representatives of the indigenous people. This gives us a wonderful opportunity to combine traditionally acquired knowledge with scientifically acquired knowledge to our mutual benefit.