A framework for assessment and monitoring of arthropods in a lowland tropical forest

Albert Finnamore, Alfonso Alonso, Jose Santisteban, Saida Cordova, Gorky Valencia, Alicia De La Cruz, Roberto Polo

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By applying principles of adaptive management, and by using the valuable information that arthropods provide from assessment and monitoring programs, managers can identify and reduce possible impacts on biodiversity in development projects. In 1996, the Smithsonian Institution's Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity program worked together with Shell Prospecting and Development Peru to establish an adaptive management program to protect biodiversity in a natural gas exploration project in a Peruvian rainforest. In this paper, we outlined the conceptual steps involved in establishing an assessment and monitoring program for arthropods, including setting objectives, evaluating the results and making decisions. We also present the results of the assessment using some of groups of arthropods, and summarize the steps taken to identify appropriate groups for monitoring.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)43-53
Number of pages11
JournalEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessment
Issue number1
StatePublished - 22 Jun 2002


  • Adaptive management
  • Arthropods
  • Inventory
  • Monitoring
  • Tropical forest


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