Rainforest Alliance to Expand Virtual Conservation Resource in Neotropics

November 2002

Eco-Index, a Web-based, bilingual almanac of nearly 400 conservation projects in Mesoamerica, will be dramatically expanded over the next year. The expansion will include adding more projects in the region and projects in the Atlantic Forest, Chocó-Darién-Western Ecuador and Tropical Andes hotspots as part of a CEPF grant approved in late October.

The project is an innovative approach to better conservation through communication: It will facilitate information exchange in the conservation community about experiences, challenges and best practices. Ultimately, it will help CEPF grantees and many other organizations to build on one another's successes and to avoid mistakes and duplication of effort.

The Eco-Index includes scores of detailed project descriptions in its database, with more added every week. It also features:

Launched by the Rainforest Alliance in 2001, the Eco-Index is managed by the Alliance's Neotropics Communications Office based in San José, Costa Rica.

As part of the one-year expansion project, the Alliance will redesign and expand the site to include all CEPF-funded projects and more than 65 others in the four hotspots and will add project information in Portuguese along with the current English and Spanish. In addition, the Eco-Index team will work directly with the CEPF to share news and links between the Eco-Index and www.cepf.net, a redesigned and expanded version of which is expected to launch in December.

Stay posted for more news about Eco-Index and the CEPF Web site expansion and how you can contribute and benefit. Meanwhile, explore the easily searchable Eco-Index database, which includes detailed information about projects like this one: Integrity of the Guaymí Territory in Alto Laguna de Osa, Costa Rica.

Other Eco-Index supporters include CR-USA Foundation; Spray Foundation; Overbrook Foundation; Mexican Fund for Nature Conservation; Global Environment Facility - Small Grants Program of Costa Rica/United Nations Development Program; Trust for Conservation in Guatemala; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.