MonANPeru: Monitoring Protected Areas in Peru to Increase Forest Resilience to Climate Change

Project Website: MonANPeru

Funding Body: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Project Duration: 09/2017 – 12/2019

Project Overview:

The National Protected Areas Service of Peru (SERNANP) aims to preserve the diversity and ecosystem services of the forests of the Andes-Amazon region through a network of protected areas (PAs). Understanding how climate change affects the structure and biodiversity of forests in individual PAs and across the protected area network is an important component of this remit and a strategic objective of SERNANP.

This project is enabling SERNANP to report and use a set of indicators concerning the response of these ecosystems to climate change by developing an existing network of permanent forest plots across the region. We are using the RAINFOR (Red Amazónica de Inventarios Forestales) permanent plot network in the PAs of the Andes-Amazon region to understand the changes in forest structure and composition caused by changes in temperature, drought and flooding frequency, and integrate this information within the monitoring system of SERNANP. This baseline data is being made available to make adaptive management decisions about the conservation and resource extraction of economically important taxa, such as the aguaje (Mauritia flexuosa) and huasai (Euterpe precatoria) palms, that are common in wetland forests.

Team Members:

Name Role Affiliation/Institute
Tim Baker Principal Investigator Leeds
Gerardo Flores Field team leader IIAP
Euridice Honorio Researcher IIAP
Gabriel Pizango MRes student IIAP
Maria Rojas Data management and analysis IIAP

Project Partners: IIAP, SERNANP, JBM, Leeds, WCS

 

Contact Information: Tim Baker (t.r.baker@leeds.ac.uk)