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Located at Central America, at which the massive and diverse faunas from North America and South America meet up, Honduras has some of the most species diverse forests in the world. Sine 2004 Operation Wallacea has started surveys at one of forests-- the Cusuco National Park--to give a better estimate and understanding of the biodiversity. The results from previous surveys actively listed Cusuco Park in the top 50 most irreplaceable forest sites in the world from a review of over 150 thousand protected areas. However, the forest has suffered from significant deforestation. Yet much more is to be understood and done about the effects of deforestation on biodiversity and this is some of the missions of this expedition to Honduras. To do this we will undertake annual surveys on key taxa including fungi,invertebrates, birds, bats and other mammals at 145 sites throughout the park and the data will be analysed, for example, through DNA barcoding of samples. The results may then be forward to the government, organisations and companies who will give further support on protecting this area. In addition, there is proposal to join forests from both continents together, forming a Meso American forest corridor. Cusuco Park will be part of the corridor but the current deforestation problem is a great barrier. The support we get will also contribute to the development of this proposal. People involved in this expedition consist of university staff and experts, undergraduates as research assistants and phD students.
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