Posted: October 1, 2007, 12:00 a.m. PDT
The Eco-Index (www.eco-index.org) now lists more than 1,000 conservation projects in the Americas. Created by the Rainforest Alliance in 2001, the database features details – such as summaries, objectives, funders, budget, methodology and lessons learned – in English and Spanish.
"As the number of projects to conserve tropical ecosystems continues to grow and the pinch on our natural resources tightens, it is crucial to share information and learn from each others’ lessons,” said Diane Jukofsky, director of communications, marketing and education at the Rainforest Alliance. "Researchers in the Americas can use the Eco-Index to learn from others who have worked on similar projects and avoid duplicating efforts and missteps.”
The database incorporates information from projects by more than 700 nongovernmental organizations, research institutions and government ministries. Its value goes beyond the science community, said Eco-Index Project Coordinator Melissa Krenke. "Non-science based projects, such as those managed by community organizations, are also developing creative conservation approaches. We believe it is just as important to share information about these innovative and effective projects as it is to share hard numbers.”