Amazon Forest Inventory Network

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Bolivia

  • October - November 2010
Bolivia

During October 2010, RAINFOR and the Instituto Boliviano de Investigacion Forestal (IBIF, Santa Cruz), worked for 3 weeks together in the forest concession of La Chonta. The teams consisting of Roel Brienen, Abel Monteagudo, Joey Talbot, Antonio Pena, and Victor Chama (RAINFOR) and Alfredo Alarcon, Yuri Bustamante and Alexander (IBIF) completed the remeasurements of one of the forest experiments within La Chonta, consisting of more than 100 hectare of permanent sample plots. For a few plots (4 hectare) RAINFOR standards were applied, lianas included and botanical collections were made to improve species identifications. La Chonta is located in the transitional “Chiquitano-Amazon” forests in the department of Santa Cruz near Guarayos. This region was especially hard hit by the new drought that developed over the southern Amazon this year. Temperatures within the forest were extremely high and a thick blanket of smoke from surrounding fires penetrated the forest.  After completing this work, the RAINFOR team led by Abel Monteagudo, moved to the north of Bolivia where they set out to remeasure another set of plots in the forest concession of MABET in the north-eastern part of the department of Pando. These plots were installed by IBIF or others between 1999 and 2003. Vincent Vos and students Yasmar Chao and Gilberto Suarez from the UAB (Universidad Autónoma del Beni) joined the team and with additional help from MABET (Nelson Cuata and Gregorio Aguada), 7 plots were remeasured according to RAINFOR standards. During this trip over 1500 botanical collections were made, which will significantly improve the floristic knowledge of this region.