Strategy and Goals
Tropical biodiversity has been recognized worldwide as a valuable asset with numerous potential benefits to Society: environmental, educational and monetary. In Puerto Rico, there have been important efforts to explore, describe, catalog and conserve biodiversity and to foster the development of “bio-prospecting”, or the systematic identification of potentially useful substances in a given environment.
However, it is common that many of these efforts take place in a disconnected fashion since there has never been a regional strategy to provide focus toward common goals.
The Center for Tropical Biodiversity and Bioprospecting has been established to guide the diverse efforts in these fields toward:
- A legal framework to protect biodiversity resources and the sharing of any benefits arising from biodiversity.
- A strategy for the establishment of a searchable, curated collection of either biological specimens or environmental genomic data.
- A database to enable the sharing of such information on biological/data collections.
- The identification of existing bio-prospecting initiatives with high probabilities of commercial advancement.
- The establishment of links with analogous efforts in the Caribbean region.
Areas of Focus
- Tropical ecology
Dr. Abel Baerga
Acting Director of the PRCTBB