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Workshop in Lima 10-14 July 2018

Several DRYFLOR partners from Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Argentina and UK were able to meet at a British Council funded workshop in Lima, July 10th-14th 2018, “Valuing biodiversity and developing ecosystem service delivery models in densely inhabited Latin American dry and montane forests”. We were able to discuss how DRYFLOR data contribute to studies of ecosystem service delivery in tropical dry forests and link DRYFLOR to wider networks. We were able to discuss the entry of more species abundance data from plots into the DRYFLOR database. We were also very happy with the prospect of potential new partners from Argentina and Bolivia.

Dry forests conservation highlighted by CIFOR
CIFOR has highlighted the need for dry forests(and savannas) conservation in their blog. Please have a look at:
V Dry Forest International Congress
V Dry Forest International Congress will be held in from 3 till 6 November 2015 in Olume, Chile. It is held in conjunction with the XXII Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Chile. For more information please visit: http://socecol2015.cl/
Beyond the Amazon symposium, 12-13th of March 2015
Beyond the Amazon: Conservation and Biodiversity of Dry Biomes symposium took place on 12th and 13th of March 2015 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. With 94 delegates and speakers from 10 countries it was a great opportunity for people involved in research and conservation of dry forest to talk about the ways to preserve it for future generations.
DRYFLOR meeting in the local TV
DRYFLOR meeting was presented in local TV.  DRYFLOR partners were able to talk about the Network research and importance of dry forest. To see the programme follow the link:
Third DRYFLOR meeting in Brazil
Third DRYFLOR meeting took place in Januaria, Minas Gerais, Brazil on 5th and 6th of March 2015.
The emphasis of the meeting was on DRYFLOR data analysis, publications and efforts in conservation.
The meeting was followed with short field trip to Parque Nacional Cavernas do Peruaçu.
New Partner for Ecuador
Catalina Quintana has join DRYFLOR Network in May 2014 as partner for Ecuador. To learn about her work and background please visit Ecuador Partner Site.
Tropical Dry Forest a global strategy
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published it´s  global strategy titled: "Tropical Dry Forests. The state of global knowledge and recommendations for future research". It underlines the importance of dry forests for livelihoods and ecosystem services.
The strategy can be accessed under link:
New Partner for Colombia
The Jardín Botánico de Medellín Lab of Ecosystem Services and Climate Change (SECC) has joined DRYFLOR in June 2013. Researchers from SECC have an extensive experience studying the dry forest dynamics and monitoring 20 permanent plots in Colombia. We are very grateful for their collaboration.
DRYFLOR Network second meeting
The DRYFLOR Network will hold its second meeting on 15th and 16th of February in Salta, Argentina. We are going to review progress and plan for the final year of the project. The meeting will be followed by symposium at the University of Salta focused on scientific understanding and conservation of Latin American dry forests. After that the team will take part in fieldwork in dry forests in Salta, Jujuy and Tucuman provinces.
New partners from Venezuela
Three new partners from Venezuela, Ricarda Riina,Gerard Aymard and Laurie Fajardo joined us in August 2013. To read more about their work and background please visit Venezuelan partners site.
New Partner for Caribbean Region
Pedro Acevedo from the Smithsonian Institution joined us in December 2012 as a new partner for the Caribbean region. Pedro is an expert on the West Indies flora. Recently, he led the publication of the Catalogue of the seed plants of the West Indies - http://botany.si.edu/antilles/WestIndies/catalog.htm.
Pedro has agreed to help with the Caribbean region for the DRYFLOR Network and we are very grateful to him for this.
DRYFLOR Database launched
Dr. Martin Pullan from the Biodiversity Informatics lab at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has developed a single, central database, hosted at RBGE, into which all DRYFLOR partners across the Neotropics can enter data directly. The database was officially launched on 28th of March 2013 and so far contains 145.267 species occurrence records (as on 15th of November 2013) from at least 1542 sites, mostly in Brazil and Andean countries. In addition it contains 14059 accepted scientific species names that are linked to 11766 synonyms.
DRYFLOR first meeting
First DRYFLOR meeting was held in Barranquilla, Colombia between 28th of May and 2nd of July.  During a week of discussions we talked about data sources from partner countries, structure and content of the floristic database, publications and website delivery. We also held an open symposium “Floristic and Biogeography of Latin American Dry Forests” where network partners gave talks and were able to interact with an audience of c. 50 delegates from Barranquilla and elsewhere in Colombia. On Friday Dr. Linares-Palomino taught workshop about using the R statistical package to  analyze floristic data. The workshop was followed by two field trips to experience Colombian dry forest and learn more about the efforts of the Fundación Ecosistemas Secos, the local hosts of the meeting, to preserve it. We went to Hacienda “El Ceibal”, one of the best preserved relicts of dry tropical forests in Caribbean, and to the DMI Luriza protected area, both on Caribbean coast of Colombia.All the participants emphasized their excitement about the DRYFLOR project as a means of improving knowledge of dry forests and promoting their conservation, and expressed hopes that the project might be a start for wider and longer-term initiatives.We would like to thank Karina Banda, Gina Rodriguez and other members of the Fundación Ecosistemas Secos for their excellent organization and great hospitality.