El Amay is a patch of tropical montane cloud forest (TMCF) surrounded
by an ocean of deforested agricultural fields. The loss of the
surrounding forest isolates El Amay from similar habitats and places
its integrity in danger. El Amay suffers the additional problem
of ongoing forest loss which is caused by poor farmers cutting down the
ancient trees to grow corn and bean. This reliance on corn and beans as a way of life locks
these poor people into an undending trajectory of poverty.
Meanwhile the ecological services, things like the capture of rainfall
and flood protection, provided by the cloud forest, are degraded.
a first step in addressing these and related problems, we are proposing
several research projects, including an assessment of the carbon
biomass contained in El Amay's forest and additional wildlife surveys.
projects will require us to build a large database of spatial data. We
have started this process with country-wide vector (point, line, and
polygons) data and we currently have data representing many themes,
including the following:
||Rivers and Lakes
We are building a database of social infrastructure including themes such as:
||Births and Deaths
We are also assembling a set of satellite imagery that can be used for characterizing the landscape and base mapping.
data will help us as we pursue upcoming projects. We are very grateful to
Esri for ArcGIS software support. Please contact us if you have any
questions related to this project.