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 ecosystems to maintain its biological diversity and ecosystem functioning may be compromised by human pressures at multiple scales related to global climate change, land-use cover change, and unsustainable management practices. The Red de Bosques Andinos is an international platform of scientists, conservation practitioners, and policy makers working in the region. One of the objectives of the Network is to promote collaboration among their members to develop scientific studies that guide decision makers and conservation practitioners to enhance conservation and mitigate impacts of climate change. The proposed symposium aims at bringing together the members of the Network and researchers with expertise in Andean landscapes to present their studies, and to identify short- and long-term research priorities to foster the areas of interest of the Network. Hence, the presentations in the proposed symposium should be related to these topics:

  • Responses of Andean forest to climate change, and land-use and land-cover change.
  • Main opportunities and bottlenecks for sustainable forest management: restoration and conservation of forest remnants

The presentations will be followed by an open discussion among the experts.

Symposium program: October 16, 2015.

13:30 - 13:35: Welcome.

13:35 - 13:55: Programa de Bosques Andinos, Consorcio para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Ecoregión Andina, Quito-Ecuador. Speaker: Selene Báez.

Authors: Selene Báez y Manuel Peralvo. Institutions: (1) Programa de Bosques Andinos, Consorcio para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Ecoregión Andina, Quito-Ecuador

13:55 - 14:15: CTFS-ForestGEO: a worldwide network monitoring forests in an era of global change. Speaker: Erika B. Gonzalez-Akre.

Authors: Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira (1, 2), Stuart J. Davies (1,3); Amy C. Bennett (2), Erika B. Gonzalez-Akre (2). Institutions: (1) Center for Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global Earth Observatory; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; Panama, República de Panamá. (2) Conservation Ecology Center; Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute; National Zoological Park, Front Royal, VA, USA. (3) Department of Botany; National Museum of Natural History; Washington, DC, USA.

14:15 - 14:35: Effects of continued N and P addition on Ecuadorian Andean forests. Speaker: Jürgen Homeier.

InstitutionAlbrecht von Haller Institute of Plant Sciences, Georg August University Góttingen, Göttingen, Alemania.

14:35 - 14:55: Estructura y dinámica de la vegetación en el ecotono bosque-páramo. Speaker: Luis Daniel Llambí.

Institution: Instituto de Ciencias Ambientales y Ecológicas, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida 5101, Venezuela. 

14:55 - 15:15: Interacciones Clima, fuego y cambio de uso de la tierra en el gradiente altitudinal del noroeste Argentino. Speaker: Agustina Malizia

Authors: Agustina Malizia, Ricardo Grau1, Julieta Carilla, Oriana Osinaga, E. Araoz. Institution: CONICET - Instituto de Ecología Regional (IER) Casilla de Correo 34 Yerba Buena, 4107 Tucumán, Argentina

15:30-16.00: Coffee Break.

16:00 - 16:20: Prioridades de conservación de los bosques andinos en el extremo noroccidental de la cordillera de los Andes. Speaker: Esteban Alvarez-Dávila.

Institution: Laboratorio de Servicios Ecosistemicos y Cambio Climático, Jardín Botánico de Medellín. Colombia. 

16:20 - 16:40: Restauración ecológica en un clima cambiante. Un caso de estudio en los Andes del sur del Ecuador. Speaker: Nikolay Aguirre

Authors: Nikolay Aguirre,(1, 2), Paul Eguiguren (2), Tatiana Ojeda (2), Juan Maita (2), Natalia Samaniego (2) y Zhofre Aguirre (3). Institutions: (1) Programa de investigación en Biodiversidad, y Servicios Ecosistémicos. Universidad Nacional de Loja. Ecuador. (2) Centro de investigaciones Tropicales Ambientales y de la Biodiversidad, Universidad Nacional de Loja. Ecuador. (3) Herbario Loja, Universidd Nacional de Loja. Ecuador.

16:40 - 17:00:  Discussion 

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