The Madidi Project

 

The Madidi Project is a long-term study of plant biodiversity in the Bolivian Andes. The main goals of the project are to: 1) describe and document the flora of the Madidi region (in and around the Madidi National Park), 2) study the structure and dynamics of plant species distributions and communities, and 3) generate local infrastructure and capacity that advances the careers of Bolivian students and researchers.


 

About the project

The Madidi Project is a multi-institutional project lead by Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG), with the collaboration of the National Herbarium of Bolivia (LPB) and the Autonomic University of Madrid (UAM). The project commenced in 2001, and has run uninterrupted for over 12 years, building an exceptional infrastructure to carry out research in tropical forests that includes a highly competent staff of permanent researchers in Bolivia. The data collected by the project are unparalleled in the tropical Andes, and provide a detailed knowledge about the distribution of species and biodiversity in the region. For example, the Project has measured, mapped, and identified approximately ~210,000 trees of ~2,600 species within a network of plots along a 4,000-m elevational gradient. Additionally, the Madidi Project has contributed significantly to building capacity. For example, the Project has had active participation by students in Bolivia (69 volunteers, 45 theses), including 20 female thesis students. The Madidi Project offers an exceptional opportunity to further our understanding of how natural systems work, while contributing to the conservation of tropical forests and providing opportunities to Bolivian researchers.

If you want to know more about the Madidi Project, you can browse the rest of this website, follow us on facebook, contact us, or have a look at the 10-year anniversary book (Spanish) and this popular article in Science. Click here to visit the old website for the Madidi Project.