Forests and reforestation

Introduction

The group aims at doing research on the status of forests in Peru, their conservation and their use. The group reviews the anthropic activities carried out in the areas surrounding protected forests, makes proposals for their renewal and sustainable use.

The group’s topics involve the local populations, who will be the direct beneficiaries of research carried out. The projects contemplate dissemination of results and distribution of the local population as well as artistic-cultural aspects. The research teams pursue a dialog that depends on the study object: nature. In this regard, the team considers the interaction between ecosystem, population and cultural dimension. Plant ecology and ethnobotany are studied, linking them to the use of plants in their different forms, thus integrating resource management and incorporating the cultural dimension.

The artistic project investigates subjective expressions and their cultural manifestations in the dry forest ecosystems. In addition, the function of communication enables us to express human relationships with nature as well as to document the use of plants for medicinal and ritual use, thus fostering intercultural dialogue among different kinds of knowledge.

Objectives

General

  • To promote research on anthropic ecosystems. This is why all the research topics of the group link the purely ecological with human action. Some research axes are: recovery of tropical dry forests, distribution and phylogenetic study of Peruvian coast palm trees, state of conservation of forests and Andean moors, and urban ecology.
  • To promote and study the recovery of ecosystems and their sustainable use. In this way, and combining different disciplines, the group studies and proposes the sustainable development of local populations and seeks to make cultural diversity visible in relation to sustainable forest use. To do so, it is essential to link ecosystems and culture. In this regard, the group studies cultural adaptations and strategies that allow for forest environmental sustainability.

Specific

  • Construction of knowledge, scientific research in ecological matters, and the study of biodiversity.
  • Research on forest dynamics, ecological succession and anthropic influence.
  • Support to environmental promotion and valuation through a forest management proposal.
  • Ethical training in environmental issues through the collection of information on tropical dry forests, inter-Andean forests and a historical compilation of Lima’s forests, highlighting their local cultural importance
  • Innovation and knowledge transfer in sustainable development and management by establishing bridges between local traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge.
  • Production and dissemination of data and information and follow up on the environmental practice of the State and civil society, producing information for dissemination on forests, and prospecting for the future taking into account the climate change scenario.
  • Development of proposals for managing urban green areas

Topics

  • Forest dynamics
  • Ecological succession
  • Plant associations and their variability
  • Integrated forest management
  • Valuation of the forest ecosystem
  • Goods and services from forest ecosystems and the sociocultural values associated with them.
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