Rapid Biological Inventories: The RBI Team

In alphabetical order, we list below rapid biological inventory participants and collaborating institutions to date.

(APECO) The Peruvian Association for the Conservation of Nature

APECO, created in 1982, is the oldest non-profit conservation organization in Lima, Peru. APECO’s mission is to support the conservation of nature in Peru, promoting biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources. APECO’s main areas of work are: environmental education, biodiversity research, management of natural resources, conservation planning, biodiversity enterprises, and tourism. APECO’s resources come from international agencies, private donors, and other income.

Parque José de Acosta 187
Lima 17, Perú
511.264.5804 tel
511.264.0094 tel
511.264.3027 fax


Founded in 1993, and the Bolivian Partner of BirdLife International, Armonía is a volunteer-based, non-proft association dedicated to the study and conservation of birds. The conservation projects of Armonia reflect its vision that humans and nature are one. Armonía's main goals are (1) to conserve Bolivia's birds and their habitats through scientific investigation, training courses, and working agreements with other insitutions; and (2) to diffuse information relating to the conservation of nature - with special emphasis on birds - at a national level to strengthen ecological awareness in Bolivia. In response to the great richness of Bolivia's biodiversity, Armonía is broadening its scope of interest to other areas of conservation and ecology, always with the aim of contributing directly to the conservation of natural resources.

Casilla 3081
Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Centro Oriental de Ecosistemas y Biodiversidad and Museo de Historia Natural "Tomás Romay"

The mission of the Centro Oriental de Ecosistemas y Biodiversidad (BIOECO) is to carry out specialized, interdisciplinary studies in the Eastern Region of Cuba that define and characterize the most important and interesting areas for the conservation of biodiversity. BIOECO also works to establish the means and methods for conservation of these areas and the wise use of their resources, as well as to contribute to the ecological recovery and the sustainable socioeconomic and cultural development of the region.

BIOECO has four Divisions:
  • The Tomás Romay Museum of Natural History
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Natural Sciences
  • Protected Areas
These Divisions conduct scientific studies, management of protected areas, ecological planning, in-situ and ex-situ conservation, environmental education, and community projects.

Centro Oriental de Ecosistemas y Biodiversidad (BIOECO) and Museo de Historia Natural "Tomás Romay"
Enramadas #601, esq. Barnada
Santiago de Cuba, C.P. 90100
53.22.623277 tel
53.22.626568 fax

Centro para el Desarrollo del Indígena Amazónico (CEDIA)

CEDIA is a non-governmental organization that has supported Amazonian indigenous peoples for more than 20 years, principally through land titling, seeking legal rights for indigenous groups, and community-based resource management. They have titled more than 350 indigenous communities, legally protecting almost four million ha for 11,500 indigenous families. With an integral vision of long-term territorial and resource management, CEDIA supports organizational strengthening of indigenous groups seeking to defend their territories and effectively manage their natural resources and biodiversity. They work with several indigenous groups including Machiguenga, Yine Yami, Ashaninka, Kakinte, Nanti, Nahua, Harakmbut, Urarina, Iquito, and Matsés in the Alto and Bajo Urubamba, Apurímac, Alto Madre de Dios, Chambira, Nanay, Gálvez and Yaquerana watersheds.

Centro para el Desarrollo del Indígena Amazónico-CEDIA
Pasaje Bonifacio 166, Urb. Los Rosales de Santa Rosa
La Perla – Callao, Lima, Peru
51.1.420.4340 tel
51.1.457.5761 tel/fax

Center for the Conservation, Research and Management of Natural Areas (CIMA-Cordillera Azul)

CIMA-Cordillera Azul is a Peruvian non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of biological diversity. CIMA focuses on executing, overseeing, and monitoring the management of protected areas, as well as building strategic alliances and the capacity necessary for private and local participation in the management of protected lands. CIMA carries out and communicates the results of biological and social research, promoting conservation of important areas and implementation of economic alternatives that are compatible with biodiversity protection.

CIMA-Cordillera Azul
San Fernando 537
Miraflores, Lima, Peru
51.1.444.3441, 242.7458 tel
51.1.445.4616 fax

Chicago Zoological Society

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to help people develop a sustainable and harmonious relationship with nature. In so doing, the Society provides for the recreation and education of people, the conservation of wildlife, and the discovery of biological knowledge. The principal means of fulfilling this mission is through the operation of Brookfield Zoo - owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County - a zoological park near Chicago. The Society supports active research programs in genetics, behavior, ecology, nutrition, pathology, and veterinary medicine. The Society regularly supports field conservation projects in more than 20 countries around the world.

Brookfield Zoo
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513

Cofán Survival Fund

The Cofán Survival Fund (CSF) is a non-profitorganization dedicated to the survival of the Cofán indigenous culture and its rainforest environment. Together with its Ecuadorian counterpart, the Fundación para la Sobrevivencia del Pueblo Cofán, the CSF supports an array of conservation and ecologically compatible development work in all seven Cofán communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The Fund’s current projects are focused on biodiversity conservation and research, procuring legal rights and protection for traditional Cofán territory, the development of environmentally sound economic alternatives, and educational opportunities for young Cofán students.

Cofán Survival Fund
21118 Celtic Street.
Chatsworth, CA 91311
818.468.6355 tel

Conservación Internacional - Bolivia

Conservación Internacional - Bolivia (CI-Bolivia), based in La Paz, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on conservation and biodiversity in Bolivia. CI-Bolivia's programs concentrate on (1) increase of scientific knowledge about biological diversity; (2) sustainable use of forests, such as ecotourism, non-timber forest products, sustainable agriculture, and others; (3) management of protected areas and development of models for conservation politics; and (4) community participation that demonstrates how human societies can live harmoniously with nature.

CI - Bolivia
Calle Macario Pinilla esquina 6 de Agosto
No. 291, segundo piso
La Paz, Bolivia

Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology

DICE, the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, is dedicated to building capacity and undertaking research necessary to conserve biodiversity and the functioning ecosystems upon which people depend. DICE was established in 1989 as Britain’s first research and postgraduate training center in conservation science, and named in honor of Gerald Durrell. Consequently, DICE seeks to integrate conservation and development sustainably; transfer capacity from developed to developing countries; and design and promote incentives to conserve biodiversity. In support of its mission, DICE has now trained postgraduates from over 70 different countries, and many occupy increasingly influential positions in conservation. DICE research is recognized internationally for its excellence and practical applications.

The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology
Department of Anthropology
Eliot College
University of Kent at Canterbury
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NS, UK
44.0.1227.823.942 tel
44.0.1227.827.289 fax

Federación Indígena de la Nacionalidad Cofán del Ecuador (FEINCE)

The Indigenous Federation of the Cofán Nation in Ecuador is the political arm of the Ecuadorian Cofán, representing the five legalized communities in the country—Chandia Na’e, Doreno, Dovuno, Sinangoe, and Zábalo—at the national level. FEINCE works to defend the human rights of the Ecuadorian Cofán, is a member of the larger umbrella groups supporting indigenous groups in Ecuador, the Confederation of the Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), and the Confederation of the Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon (CONFENIAE). The Federation is directed by a board of officers elected by the Cofán community every three years.

Lago Agrio, Ecuador

Herbario Nacional de Bolivia

The Herbario Nacional de Bolivia in La Paz is Bolivia's national center for botanical research. It is dedicated to the study of floristic composition and the conservation of plant species of Bolivia's different ecosystems. The Herbario was consolidated in 1984 with the establishment of a scientific reference collection observing international standards and a specialized library. The Herbario produces publicatoins that advance the knowledge of Bolivia's floristic richness. Resulting from an agreement between the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and the Academia de Ciencias de Bolivia, the Herbario also contributes to the training of professional botanists, as well as to the development of the La Paz Botanical Garden in Cota Cota.

Herbario Nacional de Bolivia
Calle 27 Cota Cota
Correo Central Cajon Postal 10077
La Paz, Bolivia

Herbario Vargas (CUZ) de la Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas de la Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco

Founded in 1936, Herbario Vargas protects and maintains plant collections from throughout the region, serving as the botanical reference for national and international researchers working in and around Cusco. The more than 150,000 collections, along with an extensive and specialized library, play an invaluable role in floristic, taxonomic, and ecological studies of Peru’s diverse vegetation types. Herbario Vargas forms part of the Biological Sciences Division in the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, a 312-year-old university, one of the oldest in Latin America.

Herbario Vargas (CUZ) de la Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas de la Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco
Avenida De La Cultura 733
Cusco, Perú tel


Herencia is an interdisciplinary, non-profit organization that promotes sustainable development through investigation and planning, with the cooperation and participation of residents of Amazonian Bolivia, particularly Pando.

Oficina Central
Calle Otto Felipe Braun No. 92
Casilla 230
Cobija -Bolivia
591.3.8422549 tel

Louisiana State University (LSU) Museum of Natural Science

LSU Museum of Natural Science is a component of the Louisiana Museum of Natural History, whose collections include nearly 3 million specimens, objects, and artifacts from throughout the world. Its mission is acquisition, preservation, and study of research collections to generate knowledge of regional and global biodiversity, geological history, and human history and prehistory. The museum’s collection of frozen tissues (for use in DNA studies of wild species) is the largest of its kind in the world, and the bird collection is the fourth largest university–based collection in the nation. Ethnographic collections in the museum include the McIlhenny and Jastremski Chitimacha Indian Basketry Collections, two of the most important of their kind in the nation.

LSU Museum of Natural Science
119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
225.578.2855 tel

Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
Colección Boliviana de Fauna

The Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (MNHN), a research and educational institution funded by the National Academy of Sciences of Bolivia, undertakes investigation of the flora, fauna, and paleontology of Bolivia. In 1989, MNHN, with the Institute of Ecology of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, established the Bolivian Collection of Fauna (CBF). The principal objective of CBF is to contribute to the basic knowledge of the biodiversity and distribution of Bolivia's fauna, and to promote the conservation and sustainable use of the fauna. CBF is the primary center for faunal collections in Bolivia.

Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
Calle 26 s/n, Cota Cota; Casilla 8706
La Paz, Bolivia

Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Cuba

The Museum’s core mission is to collect, research, conserve, and exhibit natural objects to promote scientific knowledge and cultural appreciation of nature. It is an institution comparable, in structure and function, with the international model for this kind of museum; for that reason it includes the following among its fundamental objectives:
  • Research on biogeography, paleogeography, and the biodiversity of Cuba and the Caribbean;
  • Conservation of the collections of Cuban minerals, rocks, fossils, plants, and animals residing in the Museum, which are part of the National Heritage;
  • Broadening of these collections so that they will be representative of Cuban nature, and systematic study of the collections and of the environment from which specimens were collected; and
  • Creation of exhibits about nature, with emphasis on Cuban natural history, and the education of visitors and the general public in a culture of nature.
Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
Obispo 61, esq. Oficios y Baratillo
Plaza de Armas, La Habana Vieja
La Habana, 10100, Cuba
537.8639361 tel
537.8620353 fax

Museum of Natural History of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos

Founded in 1918, the Museum of Natural History is the principal source of information on the Peruvian flora and fauna. Its permanent exhibits are visited each year by 50,000 students, while its scientific collections—housing a million and a half plant, bird, mammal, fish, amphibian, reptile, fossil, and mineral specimens—are an invaluable resource for hundreds of Peruvian and foreign researchers. The museum’s mission is to be a center of conservation, education and research on Peru’s biodiversity, highlighting the fact that Peru is one of the most biologically diverse countries on the planet, and that its economic progress depends on the conservation and sustainable use of its natural riches. The museum is part of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, founded in 1551.

Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos

Avenida Arenales 1256
Lince, Lima 11, Peru
51.1.471.0117 tel

National Herbarium of Ecuador

The National Herbarium of Ecuador is a section of the Ecuadorian Museum of Natural Sciences, a government institution founded in 1978. The National Herbarium carries out programs of inventory, research and conservation of the Ecuadorian flora and vegetation, and houses a collection of 160,000 plant specimens and a botanical library of 2,000 volumes. The Herbarium serves as the national center for information on the flora and vegetation of Ecuador, with broad public access, and is among the principal scientific and cultural institutions of the country. It provides a public service to scientists, natural resource managers and students, and makes its voice heard in nationwide forums dealing with environmental and biodiversity issues. In the past two decades the Herbarium has provided training for hundreds of young Ecuadorian botanists, and carried out dozens of intensive botanical inventories throughout Ecuador.

Herbario Nacional del Ecuador
Casilla Postal 17-21-1787
Avenida Río Coca E6-115 e Isla Fernandina
Quito, Ecuador
593.22.441.592 tel/fax
312.922.9410 tel

Rainforest Conservation Fund

The Rainforest Conservation Fund (RCF) is a Chicago-based organization dedicated to conserving tropical rainforest ecosystems and supporting the people whose lives are interwoven with them. Since its foundation in 1989, RCF has been actively involved in rainforest education and conservation field projects. Over the last decade, RCF has focused on a project in the Amazon basin in northeastern Peru, working with small communities adjacent to the Reserva Comunal Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo (RCTT), a >300,000-ha protected area established by the regional government. Through community-based agricultural, agro-forestry and other projects, RCF and the villagers have significantly decreased extraction pressures in the RCTT, one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet.

Rainforest Conservation Fund
2038 North Clark Street, Suite 233
Chicago, IL 60614 U.S.A.

Universidad Amazónica de Pando -
Centro de Investigación y Preservación de la Amazonia

From two original departments at its founding in 1993, Biology and Nursing, the Universidad Amazónica de Pando (UAP) has grown to include Computer Sciences, Agroforestry, Law, Civil Engineering, and Aquaculture. The urgent need for an expert center in Pando to manage the rich natural resources of the region led to UAP's strong emphasis on Biology, and to the development of the Center for Research and Preservation of the Amazon (CIPA). The University's maxim - The preservation of Amazonia is essential for the survival of life and for the progress and development of Pando - reflects this focus on conservation. CIPA heads the research for fauna and flora in the region and guides policies and strategies for conservation of natural resources in Amazonia.

Universidad Amazónica de Pando Centro de Investigación y Preservación de la Amazonía

Av. Tcnl. Cornejo No.77
Cobija, Pando, Bolivia
591.3.8422135 tel/fax

Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild lands. We do so through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together, these activities change individual attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in sustainable interaction on both a local and a global scale. WCS is committed to this work because we believe it essential to the integrity of life on earth.

Wildlife Conservation Society-Peru
Malecón Tarapacá 332

Iquitos, Peru tel/fax

World Wildlife Fund - Bolivia

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Bolivia Program Office is based in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. The mission of WWF is to conserve nature, with special emphasis on 200 piority ecoregions that represent the biodiversity of the planet and that are uniquely threatened. Six of these priority ecoregions occur in Bolivia: Southwest Amazon, Yungas, High Andean Lakes, Beni Grasslands, Pantanal, and Chiquitano Forest. WWF- Bolivia is developing and implementing ecoregional-based conservation programs with collegues and partners in Bolivia and in neighboring Peru and Brazil. Conservation strategies include strengthening of protected areas, promotion of sustainable resource management, environmental education, capacity building and policy development.

WWF - Bolivia
Calle Güemes #4, entre Av. San Martín y Av. Enrique Finot
Barrio Equipetrol, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
591.3.365326 and 325416

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