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.