Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) celebrates 20 years of exploration and discovery for conservation through the publication of a new book:
Biodiversity Exploration for Conservation
The First 20 Years of the Rapid Assessment Program
Click here for more information and to download the book
We invite you to join the Biodiversity Survey Network to link up with others conducting biodiversity surveys.
Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) is working to develop and refine tools to educate, empower and build capacity for systematic biodiversity data collection and dissemination, particularly for areas of the world where biodiversity data are lacking.
We invite you to join us in the implementation, development and testing of biodiversity survey methods by joining this Biodiversity Survey Network. Through this network you can:
• Learn methods for biodiversity assessment: download recommended methods from RAP scientists and others, watch videos of actual field method implementation, download curricula for teaching biodiversity methods to others, download manuals for logistical planning, data analysis, and report preparation, learn how to prioritize where surveys should take place
• Learn and share methods for assessing ecosystem health: discuss how data collected from biodiversity field surveys can be used to assess ecosystem status and health; useful data include indicator species, evidence of threats, invasive species, etc.
• Share your methods and experiences: upload information about your survey methods and projects, provide feedback on methodologies and priorities, to post information on your project just contact us and we'll grant you access
• Collaborate: discuss, debate, and provide feedback on your experience with biodiversity survey methods through the Forum, connect with fellow researchers, find taxonomic experts who can contribute to your surveys
• Implement: get connected with biodiversity survey projects that you can contribute to, view schedules for upcoming RAP and other surveys, post your survey results and upload your data into the RAP database template
• Train: help build the next generation of taxonomists by providing taxonomic training to students and scientists across the globe; join our Taxonomy Training Network to connect with people interested in being trained, or to find taxonomic experts willing to train you
• Search & Post: search and browse our library, which offers scores of documents (articles, reports, manuals, presentations, papers, links to papers and websites, etc.) related to biodiversity assessment, including all issues of the RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment (pdf)
Join this learning initiative and work with a wide network of taxonomists and conservation scientists from CI and partner organizations around the world who are actively conducting biodiversity surveys in the field. Request membership here.