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Peru: Reserva Comunal el Sira

  • February 2010 - February 2011
  • Puerto Inca, Huánuco
Peru: Reserva Comunal el Sira

From July 2010 and throughout 2011, the project ‘Conservation of the biodiversity of Peruvian tropical forests, taking into account aspects of climate protection’, the SERNANP-MINAM and RAINFOR project (‘A project to understand the carbon balance of Amazonian forests’), in the El Sira Reserva Comunal, coordinated by Luis Valenzuela Gamarra and with the support of national research assistants and adjacent localities have established and completed the collection of botanical samples from five 1.0-ha permanent plots across the altitudinal gradient (250masl Amazon Forest of Llanura, 845masl Transitional Forest, 1391masl Montane Forest, 1568masl Cloud Forest, 2230masl Sclerophyll Forest, and associated studies on the flow of carbon (above and below ground) that contribute to the calculation of CO2 in the El Sira Reserva Comunal. During the months of March and April of 2011, we completed the installation of the fifth plot in the lower altitudinal transect; and 3253 botanical specimens were also collected from these five permanent plots; these botanical specimens were dried and processed during the months of June and July 2011 at the Regional Herbarium (HOXA) of the Central Jungle of Peru, located in the province of Oxapampa. Currently these botanical collections are at the plant mounting and identification stage. For this phase we acquired via RAINFOR the necessary shelving units for their storage and thus ensuring their preservation for future research. The data will soon be publically available in the ForestPlots.net database.

Reserva Comunal el Sira Botanical sample of Pourouma sp.