Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Monitoring and Research in South Ecuador
Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing.
It is meanwhile undisputed that biodiversity and ecosystem services are threatened by global environmental change (land use and climate change). This particularly holds for one of the hottest global hotspot of biodiversity, the southern Andes of Ecuador.
However, in this complex eco-region, ecological knowledge, particularly on global change effects, is still limited. Sustainable land use management as a precondition for biodiversity protection is hardly developed, and monitoring systems for the surveillance of global change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services are neither developed nor implemented. While the first cries out for basic research activities, the latter should adjoin science-directed development and implementation of suitable strategies and tools.