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Overview and partners

This project is a collaboration between the following Salvadoran institutions:


Jardín Botánico La Laguna

Universidad de El Salvador

Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

and The Natural History Museum, London.

It has been designed around conservation priorities in El Salvador which aim to balance the country's ambitious, post-war, economic reconstruction process with its commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

The objectives of this project have been identified following discussion and consultation in El Salvador with the principal agents responsible for producing and implementing the National Biodiversity Action Plan and the principal biodiversity research institutions in the country. These are to:

  • Generate biodiversity data on the trees, ferns, Pimpline wasps and termites of shade forest, ensure that copies of these data are present in the principal biodiversity collections in El Salvador and that access to these data are made available over the WWW.

  • Provide tools for the assessment and monitoring of the biodiversity of shade forests. These will be in Spanish, be simple to use and will not rely on technical language.

  • Train Salvadoran scientists at The Natural History Museum in London and establish annual biodiversity training courses targeted at the diverse organisations, scientific and non-scientific, governmental and non-governmental, involved in the conservation of biodiversity in El Salvador.

It is hoped that this project will help institutional capacity-building through the development of taxonomic reference collections and scientific expertise and that this work will promote an awareness of biodiversity issues in El Salvador locally, nationally and internationally.