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.




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


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


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


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


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