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Conservation and monitoring of Meso-American orchids - COMPLETED 2008

The project will develop in Costa Rica new expertise for biodiversity research and conservation of Meso-American orchids, and specifically: (a) provide measures of biological diversity and establish long-term monitoring sites; (b) develop the necessary strategies, policies and material transfer agreements for conservation and sustainable use of orchids (including use of genetic material, propagation and potential commercialisation); (c) undertake a pilot study on DNA barcoding for conservation and trade surveillance; (d) achieve high standards for research and training in orchid biology and link this with global efforts to build the orchid Tree-of-Life; (e) increase awareness in societal, academic, and political sectors of the necessity of conserving the epiphytic flora; and (f) help implement Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) and the IUCN/SSC orchid action plan.

This project benefits from a grant from the Darwin Initiative for the period 2005-2008.

Project partners and collaborators

Costa Rica
  • INBio
  • Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía (MINAE and SINAC)
  • Tropical Science Center - Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve
  • University of Costa Rica

Project funders

The Darwin Initiative

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