How productive are our forests?
During the month of May a special training sessions took place at the Forest Department offices in Belmopan and at the Las Cuevas Research Station. Shanelly Carrillo, UB ERI’s Forest Biologist and Lewis Usher from Belize’s Forest Department along with volunteer Rudy Balan received training on the RAINFOR methodological framework which will be used in the Darwin Initiative Sustainable Forestry Project in Belize.
A duo from the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco in Peru came to Belize to train the staff and volunteers on all the methodologies. Our team learnt the procedures to create the tools needed to measure forest productivity, how to take measurements and to use newly obtained field equipment.
These methodologies are a part of the Global Ecosystems Monitoring network which is an international effort to study forest ecosystems and see how forests respond to climate change. They will be applied in four permanent sample plots found in the Rio Bravo Conservation & Management Area and in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve.
All the intensive measurements that will be taken from these plots will be used to measure ecosystem productivity above and below ground. We are happy to share that it is the first time that these types of measurements are being recorded in Belize!
Thank you to the instructors: Beisit Luz Puma and Fernando Hancco Pacha for coming to Belize and sharing the knowledge and techniques. Also, we want to give a special thank you to the University of Oxford for providing the necessary funding in order to make the training a reality.