Symposium 08: Using forest networks to monitor biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and support sustainable management in the Andes.

Organized by Selene Baez. Consorcio para el Desarrollo de la Ecorregión Andina (CONDESAN). Programa de Bosques Andinos. Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación (COSUDE). Andean forests ecosystems are critical for biodiversity conservation and the provision of environmental services (e.g., water provision, carbon storage) to human populations in the region. The capacity of these …

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Symposium 06: Synergy between science, education, and conservation at the Cocha Cashu Biological Station.

Organized by Roxana Arauco. Research Coordinator. Cocha Cashu Biological Station. San Diego Zoo Global – Peru. Cocha Cashu Biological Station (Cocha Cashu) is located within Manu National Park, in Madre de Dios, Perú. Currently the station is under the administration of both the Peruvian Government through Servicio Nacional de Areas Naturales …

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Symposium 03: Key Factors in the Conservation of aquatic environments in the Peruvian Tropical Andes.

Organized by Eduardo Oyague, Adrian Vera. Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad (CORBIDI), Lima, Perú. Freshwater environments, particularly rivers and other water bodies associated with them as Floodplains, Wetlands and Oxbow lakes, are very sensitive to different activities both on the channel or in the surrounding land area, as (by example): channel …

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Symposium 04: Amazonian Fungi.

Organized by Romina Gazis. Biology Department. Clark University. USA. The Amazon is an area of exceptionally high biodiversity and endemism. Biological research has flourished in the last decades; however, there are some groups of hyperdiverse organisms, as fungi, that had been largely overlooked. Fungi play numerous roles within the forest community, one of …

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Symposium 07: Connecting the dots: Environmental Disturbance and Human Health.

Organized by Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases Unit; Department of Virology and Emerging Infections. NAMRU-6, Peru. The human need (greed?) for natural resources has resulted in migration into previously uninhabited environments, affecting natural habitats. This perturbation produces changes in land use, brings human and wild animals populations into closer contact …

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Symposium 02: Biodiversity and Conservation of tropical wetlands and freshwater systems.

Organized by P. Parolin, (University of Hamburg, Germany); L.V. Ferreira, (Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Belém, Brazil); and F. Wittmann (MPI Chemistry, Mainz, Germany). Wetlands concentrate a large part of regional biodiversity and are exceptionally important landscape units in tropical regions. They are inhabited by flood tolerant species, but also by species …

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