BIOTA-FAPESP program website: www.biota.org.br
The Research Program on Biodiversity Characterization, Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use (BIOTA-FAPESP) is the result of articulations from São Paulo’s Scientific Community around the premises of the Convention on Biological Diversity signed at ECO-92 meeting and ratified by Brazilian National Congress in 1994.
The BIOTA-FAPESP program was launched in March, 1999. The objective of the program is to know, to map and assess the biodiversity of São Paulo State, including the fauna, the flora and microorganisms, but also evaluate the possibilities of sustainable exploitation of plants or animals with economic potential and supporting policy making for forest remnants conservation.n to evaluating the possibilities of sustainable exploitation of plants or animals with economic potential and supporting policy making for forest remnants conservation.
The BIOTA-FAPESP Program is also known as the Virtual Institute of Biodiversity due to its organization design which coordinates researchers from several institutions and students remotely. Scientists from universities, research institutes and non-governmental organizations set up projects from different modalities to study, map and assess the terrestrial, freshwater, marine environments and other ecosystems. In addition BIOTA-FAPESP participants search for proposing alternatives for policy making regarding biodiversity conservation. The program has gathered over 1.200 experts from Brazil and abroad.
The Plan for the second stage of the Program can be read in BIOTA+10 Science Plan.