The living library of the Cotapata National Park in Bolivia: An example of application of Bolivian law on the access to genetic resources

Lucia Acebey, Amira Apaza, Rosy De Michel, Stephan Beck, Valérie Jullian, Grace Ruiz, Alberto José Gimenez Turba, Séverine Chevalley, Michel Sauvain

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Abstract

Developing countries with a rich biodiversity want to control the use of this natural patrimony, especially in the research of natural compounds of pharmaceutical interest. Here we present the organization of six permanent plots in a mountain tropical forest on the east side of the Andean Cordillera in Bolivia, and their role in the discovery of plants with antiplasmodial or antileishmanial activities. Permanent plots are widely used in ecological survey, but rarely in bioprospecting. This set-up allows Bolivian authorities to control the bioprospecting, and facilitates further chemical studies on the bioactive plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1853-1859
Number of pages7
JournalBiodiversity and Conservation
Volume17
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008

Bibliographical note

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Acknowledgements We thank people of the local communities in the National park of Cotapata, students, the technical staV of the Institute of Ecology and of the biological station Tunquini (University of San Andrés, La Paz) especially Edgar Mayta, Carla Maldonado, Angela Canseco, Cristina Lopez, Ninel Sanjinez and Are-ly Palabral for their technological support. The authors gratefully acknowledge the Wnancial assistance of the French Ministry of Research (Pal +) and the administrative support of the Bolivian Ministry of Rural Development, Farming and Environment (former Ministry for Sustainable Development) and its departments (DGB and SERNAP).

Keywords

  • Antileishmanial
  • Antiplasmodial
  • Bioprospecting
  • Bolivia
  • Mountain forest
  • Natural products
  • Protected area

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