Research projects with para-ecologists
A) Overview of programmes, initiatives and organisations
that are currently involving para-ecologists:
Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG), Costa Rica
| Parataxonomist programme of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG)|
The Future Okavango
The Okavango basin in southern Africa with its variety of savannah woodlands and wetland ecosystems linked by the central lifeline
of the Okavango River is a global hot-spot of accelerating change and land use conflicts. The river has its source in the rainy highlands
of Angola and terminates in the Okavango Delta, the world's largest inland delta and the largest freshwater swamp south of the equator.
The Future Okavango project analyses ecosystem functions and services within this trans-boundary basin of high international visibility
and high potential transferability of results to other tropical and sub-tropical regions.
The Future Okavango project employs and trains three para-ecologists, based in Angola, Botswana and Namibia, respectively.
The para-ecologist post in Angola (at the site Chitembo) has not been filled yet.
Kakamega Environmental Education Program (KEEP)
KEEP is a grass-roots organization, working to save one of the last remaining rainforests in Kenya, through environmental
education and creation of awareness among local communities, and development and / or implementation of economic
alternatives to the exploitation of forest resources.
A Malagasy NGO that started as a grassroots community initiative founded in 1999, Association Mitsinjo works in
conservation, nature-based tourism, and development (including agriculture and health). Located in Andasibe, one of
the biodiversity hotspots of the eastern Madagascar rainforest corridor, Mitsinjo integrates the protection of
prime habitat and the generation of sustainable income for the local population living in and around these areas.
We host visitors and researchers from all around the world, thus encouraging our local staff to stay on top of scientific
discovery and have a constant interest in the ecology of the forest they manage. Over the years, Mitsinjo has collected a
wealth of knowledge on a wide range of the area’s biodiversity. It is our goal to standardise this large expanse of information
and make it scientifically streamlined.
The New Guinea Binatang Research Center
The New Guinea Binatang Research Center is a non-profit Papua New Guinean organisation devoted to
- training Papua New Guineans in biology on all levels, from field technicians through paraecologists to postgraduate students
- advancing biodiversity research in Papua New Guinea
- developing educational and nature conservation programmes, targeting grassroots audiences.
B) Overview of programmes, initiatives and organisations
that involved para-ecologists in the past:
| Project ALAS, Arthropods of La Selva, Costa Rica
| BIOTA Southern Africa
BIOTA AFRICA has been jointly invented by African and German researchers aiming at the establishment of research supporting sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity in Africa. From October 2004 until March 2010, the regional network BIOTA Southern Africa employed and trained eight para-ecologists. They worked at different sites within the BIOTA Southern Africa research area in Namibia and South Africa.