Rapid Biological Inventories: Results from the Field: Bolivia 05

05: Bolivia: Madre de Dios

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Editors: William S. Alverson

Design: Costello Communications, Chicago

Translations: Fernando Neri, Tyana Wachter

Web design and development: Allyson Meyer, Sergio Rabiela, Ryan Peters, and Asha Patel

Funding: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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We deeply thank every person who helped us to spend a productive time in the Madre de Dios region of central Pando, and to share our preliminary results with interested parties and decision-makers in Cobija and La Paz. We are grateful to all who have given and continue to give of themselves to advance key opportunities for conservation in Bolivia.

Lois (Lucho) Jammes, Pedro M. Sarmiento, Sandra Suárez, and Tyana Wachter formed the energetic team who— with the invaluable help of Jesús (Chu) Amuruz, Alvaro del Campo, Julio Carrasco, and many others in the field, Cobija, and La Paz—wrought order out of chaos and put all details into place. Emma Theresa Cabrera kept us well fed and caffeinated under difficult conditions, and Antonio Sosa helped keep our camp running smoothly. Residents of Blanca Flor, Naranjal, Santa Maria, and Villa Cotoca actively engaged us in a dialog about the aims and results of the rapid inventory process, and provided useful suggestions about specific sites and logistics. In particular, the Mayor of Blanca Flor encouraged our efforts and welcomed us to present our results at a community meeting.

The Universidad Amazónica de Pando (Cobija) and the Secretario Nacional de Investigación, Ciencia, y Tecnología (La Paz) kindly provided us with meeting facilities for our presentations. Gualberto Torrico P. took the lead in drying and distributing the plant specimens we collected as voucher material during the inventory. Fernando Neri and Tyana Wachter did an admirable job of translating the manuscript into Spanish. Thanks also are due Jennifer Shopland, Tyana Wachter, Robert Langstroth, Julie Calcagno (Smentek), and Isabal Halm for their extremely careful and helpful comments on drafts of the manuscript. As always, James Costello and Tracy Curran were tremendously tolerant of missed deadlines while keeping production of the report on track.

The impact of rapid inventories depends heavily on the applicability of recommendations for conservation action and the possibilities for sound, environmentally compatible economic activities. For their dedication, suggestions, and insightful discussions we thank Luis Pabón (Ministerio de Desarrollo Sostenible y Planificación, Servicio Nacional de Áreas Protegidas), Richard Rice (CABS, Conservation International), Jared Hardner (Hardner & Gullison Associates, LLC), Lorenzo de la Puente (DELAPUENTE Abogados), Mario Baudoin (Ministerio de Desarrollo Sostenible y Planifcación), Ronald Camargo (Universidad Amazónica de Pando—UAP), Adolfo Moreno (WWF Bolivia), José L. Telleria-Geiger (Secretario Nacional de Investigacion, Ciencia, y Tecnología), Juan Carlos Montero (Asociación Boliviano para la Conservación), and Victor Hugo Inchausty (Conservación Internacional, Bolivia). For their continued interest, and steady coordination and collaboration with us in our efforts in Pando, we sincerely thank Sandra Suárez (Fundación José Manuel Pando), Julio Rojas (CIPA, UAP), Juan Fernando Reyes (Herencia), Ronald Calderon (Fundación J. M. Pando), Leila Porter, and Adolfo Moreno and Henry Campero (WWF Bolivia).

John W. McCarter, Jr. continues to be an unfailing source of support and encouragement for our programs. Funding for this rapid inventory came from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and The Field Museum.

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