Amburana Project: Determining the Status of an Endangered Tree Species Amburana cearensis in Argentina

Diego Javier Regondi

Piedmont of the subtropical montane forests is a highly threatened forest type due to unsustainable timber harvesting and high transformation rate to other land uses. In this forest a highly valuable (both economically and ecologically) and endangered tree species is found: Amburana cearensis. Amburana continues to be over harvested although no population assessment has been conducted. Our objective is to determine the status of the species (specifying numbers and distribution) in northwestern Argentina, develop management recommendations and raise local community and stakeholders’ awareness. We will survey sites to determine population numbers and important areas and conduct a conservation educational campaign.