TIMELINE

 

The project is currently in its first 3-year phase (Oct. 2003 - Sept. 2006) but it is envisaged that it will continue in three additional phases (depending on available funding). The long term goals and perspectives of the project are outlined below.

 

Phase

 

Main activities during individual 3-year project phases

 

Major outputs (milestones) before next project phase

 

 

Training of human resources to M.Sc. Level, and to first local degree

First M.Sc. Candidates graduated in Aarhus

 

Initiate curriculum development particularly at UMSA

Project partners have contributed to upgrade Biology curriculum at UMSA in Bolivia

 

Establish IT-infrastructure and train use of IT to analyze biodiversity data

Modern IT including use of international databases integrated in local biodiversity research

1

Initiate research in economically important plant species

Inventory of ecomomically important plant species in Ecuador completed

 

 

Use and management of specific economically important plant species investigated

 

Results from research during 1st phase dissimilated to end-users

Data regarding economically important plants published nationally and internationally

 

Establish structures to continue institutional capacity building

Continuous exchange of experiences at various levels between partner institutions

 

Training of human resources to M.Sc. and Ph.D. level

First Ph.D. candidates graduated in Aarhus , and local training to Master level initiated

 

Upgrading of curriculum at local institutions with M.Sc. courses

Newly developed M.Sc. courses taught at partner institutions

 

Facilitate access to biodiversity data via internet connected databases

Ecuador and Bolivia take advantage of international biodiversity facilities

2

Initiate research in ecology and diversity of forest communities in Bolivia

Field sites established and data gathering and analyses advancing

 

Strengthen research in economically important species

Inventory of economically important plant species in Bolivia completed

 

 

Comprehensive studies of economically important species including ecological aspects

 

Results from 2nd phase disseminated in a variety of ways to end-users

Publication via reviewed journals, popular journals, internet web-pages, CDs etc.

 

Integrate partners into international biodiversity research collaborations

Research networks improve local research and contribute to partner institutions budgets

 

Integrate upgraded human resources in research, teaching and training

Trained candidates active as reseachers/teachers, and guiding local M.Sc./Ph.D. Candidates

 

Streghtenening of local curricula to full M.Sc. Programmes

Two of the partner institutions offering M.Sc. programmes meeting international standards

3

Develop increasingly sophisticated and independent research agendas

Major overviews of economically important species and biodiversity in the tropical Andes

 

Investigate complex interactions between natural resources and man

New methods to apply biodiversity research and its results in sustainable development

 

Results disseminated to end-users and stake-holders

Institutions, projects and communities involved in development prominent among end-users

 

Involve partners in management and exploitation of national biodiversity

Funding accrued from international projects/networks promote activity at partner institutions

 

Support upgraded human resources in securing local leadership

Project candidates promoting active and independent leadership at local institutions

 

Supplement local curricula with courses specific for Ph.D. Students

Two of the partner institutions offering Ph.D. Programmes meeting international standards

4

Support locally defined and locally initiated research activities

Independent research results based on local initiatives

 

Further project partners capacity to collaborate with third partners

Economic sustainability of research and teaching at partner institutions

 

Integrate biodiversity research into national and regional agendas

Biodiversity information contribute to a more sustainable management of natural resources

 

Support the involvement of project countries in biodiversity prospecting

Bolivia and Ecuador exploite the economic value of their biodiversity to benefit their citizens

 

 

 

 

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