Central America conservation tools

We are creating tools for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of forests in Central America.

Using biological collections and taxonomic knowledge as sources of biodiversity data, we are focusing on:

  • producing conservation tools such as checklists and biodiversity maps to support the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC)
  • building taxonomic capacity for Central America
  • producing tools that support the sustainable use of forests or forest crops, for example shade coffee, the non-timber forest product Brosimum alicastrum, and the use of agroforestry in the Bolivian Amazon to modify the tempo of slash-and-burn agriculture

Project researchers

Dr Alex Monro
Dr Alex Monro

Researcher in tropical plant diversity, specialising in the flowering plant family Urticaceae, tools for the conservation of biological diversity in Central America, and field collection of vascular plant herbarium specimens.