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Validation of a Biological-Monitoring Design in Highly Diverse Tropical Forests

Topics: Environment

Biological-monitoring programs provide data for decision making and to ensure the protection of resources. However, in tropical ecosystems that are home to most of the planet’s biodiversity, these programs need to be improved in design and implementation. Block 57 in the Amazon rain forest of southern Peru is an ecosystem with limited information. A systematic biological-monitoring program was designed on the basis of a gradient of disturbance caused by clearing an area.

Introduction

Oil exploration in Block 57 involves clearing small forest areas during installation of drilling platforms. One of the consequences of this clearing is an increase of edges and the presence of habitats with early successional stages. An edge is defined as a transition zone between two adjacent ecosystems or vegetation communities. In these edges, deleterious effects may be generated.

A biological-monitoring plan has been designed as part of an environmental-management plan to understand the effect that the changes in the habitat associated with the exploratory wells within the primary cloud forests have on the abundance, richness, and diversity of the local flora and fauna.

This article, written by Special Publications Editor Adam Wilson, contains highlights of paper SPE 165632, “Validation of a Biological-Monitoring Design in Highly Diverse Tropical Forests,” by K. Caro, E. Enriquez, E. Juscamayta, E. Oyague, and J. Cabrera, Knight Piésold, and C. Chung, C. Ahumada, A. Watson, and C. Videla, Repsol, prepared for the 2013 SPE Latin American and Caribbean Health, Safety, Social Responsibility, and Environment Conference, Lima, Peru, 26–27 June. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Validation of a Biological-Monitoring Design in Highly Diverse Tropical Forests

01 August 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 8

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