|Submission Date||Dec. 26, 2018|
Universidad San Francisco de Quito
This credit is weighted more heavily for institutions that own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to any of the following:
Institutions may identify legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and regions of conservation importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Research & Conservation Planning, the U.S. Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) decision support system, or an equivalent resource or study.
Head of Ethnic Diversity
Does the institution own or manage land that includes or is adjacent to legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance?:
A brief description of the legally protected areas, internationally recognized areas, priority sites for biodiversity, and/or regions of conservation importance:
The Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS) is a biological field station established in Amazonian Ecuador in 1994 by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in collaboration with Boston University. We serve as steward of 638 hectares (about 1500 acres) of primary lowland rainforest approximately 300km (200 mi) ESE of Quito. TBS is situated on the north bank of the Tiputini River, a southern tributary of the Napo River within the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve.
Our primary activities are associated with research and education. Located within the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspot (link paper) and one of the planet’s last wilderness areas, our main goal is to better understand nature so that appropriate and effective conservation strategies may be implemented.
TBS also serves as an official guard post for the Yasuní National Park.
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify endangered and vulnerable species (including migratory species) with habitats on institution-owned or –managed land?:
Has the institution conducted an assessment or assessments to identify environmentally sensitive areas on institution-owned or –managed land?:
The methodologies used to identify endangered and vulnerable species and/or environmentally sensitive areas (including most recent year assessed) and any ongoing assessment and monitoring mechanisms:
The University conducts a project with camera traps to assess all species in the area of the Tiputini Biological Station.
A brief description of identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
From 150 000 pictures- 70 species rarely seen have been identified in the area
27 species of birds
36 species of mammals
Bats, reptiles and amphibians
A brief description of plans or programs in place to protect or positively affect identified species, habitats and/or environmentally sensitive areas:
USFQ has just signed a new lease of the land to protect it for the next 50 years.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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