Mapping the Dry Ecosystems of Peru: Helping local conservation by increasing diversity awareness
Welcome to the Kew GIS in Peru project site. We have begun a 3 year project looking at several habitats along the dry coastline of Peru. We are focused on several vegetation types skirting the western slopes of the Andes: the Northern Dry Forest (Paddington Bear's former residence!), the ever elusive fog-zone of the Lomas and the ancient Huarango relic forests. These habitats are unique and support a wide variety of plant species found nowhere else on earth. They are also under pressure from a number of human activities such as mining, charcoal harvest, climate change, recreation and, most prevalently, from expanding large-scale agriculture.
Our research is focused on mapping these habitats, quantifying the diversity of plant life in these dry and intensely sunny areas and analysing the plant population data to determine what conditions have enabled them to thrive. Through this work we will be able to better understand the impact of impending threats and, with the involvement of the local community and partner organisations, be able to bring about the protection and conservation that is desperately needed.
Use the linksbelow to browse our mapping projects in Peru.
Other Peru Project pages
- Conservation, restoration and sustainable management of dry forest in Southern Peru
- Tree Flora of Peru
- The tree that held back the Peruvian desert
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