From 18th to 21st of March, staff members participated in the Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas, in San Jose.
The congress gathered renowned researchers from various Central American and Mexican Universities, important organizations such as IUCN, representative from Mesoamerican native communities, representatives from MINAE (Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Energy) and other environmental departments of Mesoamerican Countries. It was discussed the status of Mesoamerican protected areas and the state of the art on conservation biology research. There, GVI had the chance to follow on the latest research methods developed by skilled conservationists and learn from their experience, and also contribute with the latest results on our projects, with two posters and one oral presentation.
One of the posters showed the latest results on the Jaguar Project, in partnership with PANTHERA. The other poster showed a comparison between two of the research methods used at Jalova base for biological diversity assessment. The surveys we do to collect data for our research are also very interesting for our volunteers, as they are their first contact with a variety of animals, such as amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
The oral presentation showed the latest results on Jalova’s Canal Birds Project. The Bird Project leader talked about the influence of boat traffic on the avifauna of Tortuguero National Park. This is one of the oldest GVI projects in Jalova and is a valuable source of data for the avifauna of Tortuguero National Park.
We hope that by being invited to this event, it shows our importance in this field but will also enable us to develop even more our current and future scientific projects. This would not be possible without your support.
Marcelle Muniz Barreto, Birds Project Leader & Mariliana Leotta, Base Manager