Symposium 09: Conservation, biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Western Amazon – Results of project BioCuencas.

Organized by Sandro De la Roca, Conservation International, Peru. Sponsored by Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

Project BioCuencas is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and implemented by Conservation International in two high-biodiversity areas: Alto Mayo, San Martin Peru and Piedemonte Colombia. The overall objective of the project is to promote watershed conservation through ecosystem management, improve human welfare, and conserve the abundant biodiversity in the Amazonian areas of Peru and Colombia. Project incorporates both political and educational institutions. It generates new scientific information that helps to develop watershed management schemes and monitoring programs, which can then be used to inform local governments and decision makers.

In this symposium we will present some of the scientific results of the studies BioCuencas has financed. Done by consultants and international and local university students, the studies give basis for other project activities such as information campaigns and watershed management plans. We will present the conservation status of the critically endangered San Martin titi monkey (Calliceibus oenanthe) and its ecosystems, the amphibians of the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, an ethnobotanical study done in the Alto Mayo Awajún community, pollination study and a study that for the first time intends to value ecosystem services from the point of view of a small scale farmer and land-owner.

The symposium is targeted at university students who are interested in hearing how their thesis can make an impact and influence conservation efforts, politicians and civil servants who are interested in incorporating conservation and ecosystem services into the decision making process, biologists, conservationists and researchers who are interested in the newest innovations in valuing biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Amazon.

Symposium program: (October 16, 2015).

13:30 – 13:40: "Introducción al simposio", by Alonso Castro. Conservación Internacional. 

13:40 – 14:00: "Proyecto BioCuencas", by Sandro de la Roca. Conservación Internacional.

14:00 – 14:20: "State of Conservation of Callicebus oenanthe in Alto Mayo wetlands", by Julio Tello. Proyecto Mono Tocón. Perú.

14:20 – 14:40: "Effects of the anthropic pressure on Callicebus oenanthe in Alto Mayo", by Jossy Luna. Proyecto Mono Tocón. Perú.

14:40 – 15:00: "Estado de conservación de los anfibios en la Cuenca del Alto Mayo", by Juan Carlos Cusi. Museo de Historia Natural. UNMSM. Perú.

15:00 – 15:30: "Ecosystem services valuation using Targeted Scenario Analysis in Alto Mayo Watershed, San Martin region, Peru", by Rodrigo Ponce. Conservación Internacional.

15:30 – 16:00: Coffee break.

16:00 – 16:20: "Tree species of a relict forest: Diversity, uses, threats and conservation", by Lizeth Huamán. Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Perú.

16:20 – 16:40: "Abejas nativas de la subcuenca del Alto Mayo, región San Martín, Perú", by Evelyn Sánchez. Museo de Historia Natural. UNMSM. Perú.

16:40 – 17:00: "Discussion, end of symposium.

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