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Project outline:

Colombia, one of the world’s top megadiversity countries, faces great conservation challenges. 

Project BioMap is an initiative to formulate priority-setting strategies to effectively and cost-efficiently focus research and conservation action, through enhancing biodiversity knowledge and data repatriation.  The model Project BioMap, led by The Natural History Museum, Instituto de Ciencias Naturales (National University of Colombia), and Conservation International (CABS & CI-Colombia), will compile all known locality-data of Colombian birds, principally from museum specimens, and make them publicly available through the internet. Using GIS/WorldMap analyses, Project BioMap will identify and prioritise target areas for environmental protection and sustainable management plans. BioMap is an innovative approach for assimilating and repatriating data to influence better regional and national planning.

Strategy to Action

Major time and funding constraints mean conservation action needs to be selective and efficient. 

Based on Colombia's new Bird Conservation Strategy, Project BioMap wants to prioritise research and conservation through designing practical Action Plans....

....information, both historic and present-day, is fundamental for conservation prioritisation.


 To assist effective environmental protection and a sustainable natural resource management strategy for conservation in Colombia.

Project Activities

  • Compile species-locality data for birds from museum specimens and all literature sources.

  • Collect unpublished data from individual ornithologists.

  • Rapid fieldwork surveys undertaken at key areas lacking data or checking congruency of historical sites.

  • Synthesis of data from above activities into an integrated database to analysis with GIS components and WorldMap  to feed objectives.

Planned outputs


  • Improve scientific knowledge base of bird distribution by public data dissemination.
  • Identify and prioritise Important Bird Area’s (IBA).
  • Formulate an integrated bird conservation action plan, based on synthesis of activities.

  • lllStrengthen Colombian institutional capacity to assess and enact conservation action.
  • Provide training in GIS and environmental assessment and management techniques.
  • Increased public awareness of conservation priorities.
  • Establish a model example of international cooperation for biodiversity data repatriation.

Job opportunities

For further information contact us.

DARWIN FELLOWS: 2 Colombian researchers are sought to catalogue bird specimens, primarily in the USA, and undertake an MSc at King’s College, London.  Duration of 28 months from 1 April 2002, and includes 17 months databasing collections. Stipend total c.US$30,000, plus MSc fees and international travel.

COLOMBIAN ORNITHOLOGICAL COORDINATOR: This position will coordinate activities within Colombia, primarily supervising two researchers and organizing fieldwork and additional initiatives.  Duration of 36 months from 21 Jan 2002 based at ICN in Bogotá.  Annual salary (part-time) c.US$8,000. 

COLOMBIAN ORNITHOLOGICAL CATALOGUERS: Two researchers are sought to catalogue Colombian museum collections, database literature information, assist in fieldwork, and other initiatives.  Duration of 36 months from 21 Jan 2002 based at ICN in Bogotá. Annual salary c.US$7,500. 

Can You Help?

Our research has just began, so therefore we would be most grateful for your help. If you have been birding in Colombia, you can make a great contribution for Colombian ornithology and conservation.  We are seeking your cooperation in providing species inventories with specific dates and locality data. To know more, just contact us.


    Dr Paul Salaman
    Bird Group,
    Department of Zoology

    The Natural History Museum
    Akeman St., Tring, 
    Herts, HP23 6AP
    , U.K.

    Ph:  +44 (0)20 7942 6158
    Email:  biomap@nhm.ac.uk

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