Welcome to NeoMaps

The Neotropical Biodiversity Mapping Initiative (NeoMaps) proposes a model for establishing biodiversity monitoring programs in Neotropical countries.

Currently NeoMaps is being tested for the monitoring of birds, butterflies and dung beetles in Venezuela. We focus in the analysis of distribution (occupancy), abundance and composition at local, regional and national scales.

NeoMaps guidelines are to:

  • Generate comparable data,
  • minimize sampling effort to cover large geographical scales in a short period of time,
  • build and strenghten regional capacity
  • guarantee factibility, repeatability and scientific rigour in all methods
  • repeat samples regularly to be able to detect trends

Between 2001 and 2005 we developed protocols for sampling and observing butterflies, dung beetles and birds. Between 2006 and 2010 we completed the first national surveys for this groups. With 2000 sampling points in more than 40 regions, and over 1000 species detected, NeoMaps can be considered the largest simultaneous and systematic survey for any Neotropical country, and we hope to provided base line data for future distribution and abundance analysis of indicator taxa in Venezuela.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith