Large areas of the tropics are subject to long dry seasons. Historically the dry forests and grasslands which grow in these areas have been poorly studied compared to tropical rain forest. Seasonal areas are more suitable for agriculture and deforestation rates have been much higher than in neighbouring rain forest. It has been estimated that 70% of the savanna-like woodland known as Cerrado has been destroyed.
To raise the profile of these important habitats RBGE has:
- Hosted a major international conference in 2003
- Studied dry forest and cerrado in South and Central America
- Compiled inventories of plants in dry forest in northern and southern Peru
- Conducted over 200 surveys of the cerrado biome
- Helped to identify areas to be protected as nature reserves
Visit the neotropical seasonal ecosystems page to find out more about this work.