Clients: WWF-Guianas; WWF-US.
The Guianan Moist Forests are a WWF "Global 200" priority ecoregion.
Stretching across almost 550,000 km² of Northeastern South America,
these tropical broadleaf forests, though relatively under-explored, are
among the richest in the world in terms of plant and animal species.
Unlike many lowland tropical forests today, however, the Guianan Moist Forests are
relatively undisturbed. Close to 90% of the ecoregion remains
in a natural state.
In the mid-2000's I worked with the WWF-Guianas program and local partners to
develop a joint terrestrial-freshwater "Conservation Vision" for the Moist Forest ecoregion. This involved collecting spatial data for focal species, helping to
produce an ecoregion-wide vegetation classification,
developing a GIS and MARXAN-based methodology for identifying and
mapping priority landscapes, and providing GIS trainings for local
staff and partners.
We used MARXAN to develop a series of potential conservation
scenarios for the ecoregion. Each scenario meets focal
conservation targets and differs in compactness, target levels, and
overall "cost" calculated using a measure of human impact and access.
See also: Schipper, J., G. Clarke, and T. Allnutt. 2007. Conservation Planning in a Tropical Wilderness: Opportunities and Threats in the Guianan Ecoregion Complex.
In: Watson, A., Sproull, J., Dean, L., comps. Science and stewardship
to protect and sustain wilderness values: 8th World Wilderness Congress
symposium: September 30–October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings
RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest
Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.