Research priorities for maintaining biodiversity’s contributions to people in Latin America

Richard Pearson, Enrique Martínez-Meyer, Mercedes Andrade Velázquez, Mercedes Caron, Rogelio Corona-Núñez, Katrina Davis, América Paz Durán, Rodrigo García-Morales, Tayla Hackett, Daniel Ingram, Rafael Loyola Díaz, Julián Lescano, Andrés Lira-Noriega, Yolanda López-Maldonado, Daniela Manuschevich, Alma Mendoza, Ben Milligan, Simon Mills, Darío Moreira-Arce, Luzma NavaVicencio Oostra, Nathan Owen, David Prieto-Torres, Clarita Rodríguez Soto, Thomas Smith, Andrew Suggitt, Camila Tejo Haristoy, Jorge Velásquez-Tibatá, Sandra Díaz, Pablo Marquet

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Maintaining biodiversity is crucial for ensuring human well-being. The authors participated in a workshop held in Palenque, Mexico, in August 2018, that brought together 30 mostly early-career scientists working in different disciplines (natural, social and economic sciences) with the aim of identifying research priorities for studying the contributions of biodiversity to people and how these contributions might be impacted by environmental change. Five main groups of questions emerged: (1) Enhancing the quantity, quality, and availability of biodiversity data; (2) Integrating different knowledge systems; (3) Improved methods for integrating diverse data; (4) Fundamental questions in ecology and evolution; and (5) Multi-level governance across boundaries. We discuss the need for increased capacity building and investment in research programmes to address these challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalUCL Open: Environment
Issue number02
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2019


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