2009 RNC & Bioremediation module in Ecuador, Ma...

2009 RNC & Bioremediation module in Ecuador, Masters in Biodiversity

In the context of a new international master’s degree program, “Biodiversity in Tropical Areas and its Conservation" ( www.masterenbiodiversidad.org ) James Aronson and Nikolay Aguirre led a two-week module on ecological restoration and RNC, May 2009 in Ecuador. It was attended by 34 future conservation professionals from nine nations, including seven from Latin America. One week was spent in the cloud-forest life zone, a second in the lowland tropical forest. Students were instructed on how to select a reference model using sequential reference sites and to incorporate nine attributes of satisfactorily restored ecosystems into restoration plans. In nine small groups, the 34 participating students prepared proposals to obtain funding for a restoration project in their home countries or in one of the two regions of Ecuador that were visited in the module. For this purpose, each group developed a schematic model showing how the target ecosystems were degraded and landscapes fragmented. In a second schema, they proposed a program to restore or rehabilitate different landscape units and to reintegrate fragmented landscapes. Here we present the nine student reports. In the issue of Ecological Restoration (June, 2010) Aronson, Aguirre* and Jesus Muñoz** describe the module in more detail, and provide lessons learned and highlights. That article is part of a special Theme on Education and Outreach in which RNC co-coordinator Bev Debrincat also contributed a report.

* Nikolay Aguirre is Professor of Forest Ecology at the School of Forestry Engineering, National University of Loja, Ecuador. [email protected] , National University of Loja, Casilla 11-01-249 Loja, Ecuador.

** Jesús Muñoz is Research Fellow at the Royal Botanic Garden (CSIC, Spain) and Research Associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden (USA). Currently he leads the MSc & PhD Program “Biodiversity on Tropical Areas and its Conservation” developed in Ecuador ( www.masterenbiodiversidad.org ). He can be reached at [email protected] , Real Jardín Botánico (CSIC), Plaza de Murillo 2, 28014 Madrid, Spain.


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Restauración y Conservación del Capital Natural de un Bosque Seco en San Esteban, Olancho. Honduras.

Cindy Midence, Christine Crowe

Reintegración ecológica y económica de una ladera interandina del noreste de Gualaceo (Azuay, Ecuador)

Diana Fernández, Berenice Trovant & Josue López

Plan de restauratión de un campamento petrolero abandonado dentro del dentro del Parque Nacional Yasuni, Ecuador

Kathrin Barboza; Andrés León; Janeth Santiana; María de los Ángeles Simbaña; Andrés Tapia; Javier Villavicencio

Restauración y reintegración ecológica y económica de un ecosistema forestal de la parte alta de la microcuenca del río Guachicos (suroriente de Colombia)

José Vladimir Sandoval Sierra, Jullie Melissa Sarmiento Ramírez y Francismeire Jane Telles da Silva

Plan piloto demostrativo de restauración en dos ecosistemas Andinos equivalentes degradados: Pisac (Perú) y Oyacachi (Ecuador)

Isau Huamantupa Chuquimaco & Jorge Caranqui Aldaz

Restauración, rehabilitación y reafectación de un paisaje de bosque de neblina en el bosque protector Mindo-Nambillo (Chocó Andino, Ecuador)

Álvarez, P., Carrillo, G., De la Cadena, G., Ortega, S., y Páez, T.

Plan de restauración de los manglares en Puerto Villamil, Isla Isabela, Galapagos

Luis Espinoza, Edison Lomas

Plan Piloto de Reactivación Socioeconómica en los Paramos del Área de Amortiguamiento del Parque Nacional Cajas (Ecuador): Estableciendo Nuevos Nexos entre el Parque y las Comunidades

Alfonso Arguero, Lenyn Betancourt, Christian Martínez, Francisco Sánchez, Agustín Ordóñez y Arturo Chuchuca

Restauración de un pinar artificial hacia un bosque mediterráneo tras un incendio en la Serra de Rubió (Catalunya, España)

Arturo Baile Zapatero, Robin Corrià Ainslie, Octavio Jiménez Robles