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ALL FILES ARE PRODUCED UNDER THE WORLD BANK/NETHERLANDS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH THE CCAD

This is the complete set of publicly available published files. These files are public domain, but users should properly quote the authors.

For authorized users, a 80 GB hard drive is available with the full set of satellites images.  For more information please consult WICE at the email at the bottom of this page.

 

FINAL REPORT

Map of the Ecosystems of Central America, Volume I 1,220 KB 

Mapa de los Ecosistemas de América Central, Volúmeno I

Map of the Ecosystems of Central America, Volume II, English

Map of the Ecosystems of Central America, Volume II, Spanish

The map report should be cited as: Vreugdenhil, D., J. Meerman, A. Meyrat, L. Diego Gómez, and D. J. Graham. 2002. Map of the Ecosystems of Central America: Final Report. World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Fishes are good indicators for aquatic ecosystems, so we made a distribution table for fresh water and estuarine fishes of Central America.

NATIONAL REPORTS

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Belize, Volume 1 3.5MB, Volume 2, 5 MB

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Guatemala INAB 20MB, Report Tecsult, 3,6MB

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Honduras, report Mejía; a revised and update report was later written by Dr. Paul House: report House 500 KB,See also our web page on Biodiversity in Honduras

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Nicaragua 1 300KB, Nicaragua 2 500KB

No digital reports are available for Costa Rica and Panama

GIS FILES

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Belize gis 630 KB

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Guatemala gis 740 KB

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El Salvador gis 2,750 KB

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Honduras gis 1,170 KB

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Nicaragua gis 940 KB

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Costa Rica gis 1,090 KB

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Panamá gis 1,370 KB

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Regional gis 14,590 KB

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Updated legend file 15KB

The legend file of the GIS systems has been synchronized with the final report. The GIS files from this website are all loaded with the updated legend file. Recipients of the CD version of the map need to replace the file "leyen14my.avl" with the updated legend file "final_legend.avl". We have also prepared a bilingual printable legend version as a legend web page., as well as a legend file in Excel. You can safe that file as an htm file and print it at your convenience by entering in your browser: File / safe.

The regional geographical information system may be cited as: World Bank and CCAD. 2000. "Ecosystems of Central America (Arcview map files at 1:250,000)." World Bank, Comisión Centroamerica de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD), World Institute for Conservation and Environment (WICE), and the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CIAT), Washington, D.C. (http://www.worldbank.org/ca-env).

 

PRINTABLE MAP SHEETS

The region is divided into 26X36 inch map sheets that can be downloaded for printing from a 36 inch plotter, or in small parts from a regular printer. To reproduce the set of 1:250,000 maps sheets, use Micrososft Powerpoint (also possible in Corel Presentations).

1. Open a blank project, with a blank page.
2. In Files | Configure page, define the page size as 36 inches wide by 26 inches high.
3. Import the .wmf image as a file
4. Stretch the .wmf image corners to the corners of the defined page.
5. Print to a plotter with a 36 inch paper width.

La región está dividida en hojas de mapas escala 1:250,000 para impresión con un plotter de 36 pulgadas. El uso de una impresora de papel de escritorio también es posible pero requiere que pegue las hojas. Use Microsoft Powerpoint (También posible en Corel Presentations)

1. Abre un proyecto blanco con una pagina blanca.
2. En Archivos / Configurar pagina, defina la pagina en 36 pulgadas de ancho y 26 de altura.
3. Importe el archivo tipo .wmf 
4. Extienda el imagen hacia las esquinas de la pagina definida
5. Imprima con una impresora de 36 pulgadas.

We provide two maps with hyperlinks to each individual map sheet. The first map links to previews of each map sheet.  These are specially prepared efficient images that upload quickly, even on a telephone internet connection. We also provide a preview for the entire region. This specially treated page allows you to see a clear map of the entire region with a clearly readable text.

In the second map, a click on the desired map sheet will download the zipped file.  The file sizes vary from 150 - 450 KB and should be downloadable from a telephone connection. 

Following the linked maps we provide zip file with a set of maps for each country.  At the end of that list is a link to the file that prints an overview of the entire map at a scale of approximately 1:2,800,000.. Those files are considerably bigger and it may be problematic to download those from a phone connection.

By clicking on the desired map sheet, this map allows you to preview the printable map sheets:

Map 1:Preview Pages Click Map

By clicking on the desired map sheet, this map allows you to download the zipped map sheets printable at 1:250,000.

Map 2: Files Download Click Map

PRINTABLE MAPS BY COUNTRY SETS:

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Belize 1420 KB

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Guatemala 3510 KB

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El Salvador 2720 KB

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Honduras 5650 KB

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Nicaragua 3150 KB

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Costa Rica 1950 KB

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Panamá 2290 KB

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Regional Map 1980 KB

METADATA FILES

A set of metadata files has been prepare under the courteous guidance of Eric Van Praag of the USGS EROS Data Center to meet the standards of the USGS.

To download the metadata click down below. For reach country there is a zipped set in several formats. The regional map contains a set for all the countries as well as for the region in one zip file.

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Belize

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Guatemala

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El Salvador

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Honduras

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Nicaragua

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Costa Rica

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Panamas

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Regional Map

Metadata Regional map in htm

IMAGE MOSAICS

For each country we have prepared image mosaics of reduced detail from the images used in the mapping exercise. These mosaics allow you to overlay the map files over the images. Most of these files are very large and may not be downloadable from a telephone connection.  Sometimes the browser will tell you that the file cannot be found.  This is not caused by a poor link, but by a problem in the internet connection, particularly during hours that internet traffic is heavy.  The best thing is to try downloading later, 
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Belize 2.1 MB                    

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Guatemala 9.8 MB            

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El Salvador 2 MB              

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Honduras 13.7 MB            

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Nicaragua 10.3 MB           

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Costa Rica 5.2 MB            

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Panamá 6.7 MB                 

 

LANDSAT pathrows Central America.

CENTRAL AMERICA BIODIVERSITY MONITORING DATABASE

The Ecosystem and Protected Areas Monitoring Database foresees in storage of detailed tracking data, physical data registration that allow characterisation varying from aquatic to desert ecosystems, physiognomic and floristic characterisation as well as detailed soil characterisation and water composition.

The database facilitates efficient characterisation of any ecosystem type, terrestrial or aquatic anywhere on earth.  Further, the database has been designed to store data relevant for monitoring the state of conservation of management areas as well as general environmental monitoring purposes, while the design allows expansion for almost any data set as required by the user. Although the objective was to link field observations to the Central America Ecosystems Map, it has been designed to function with ecosystem maps anywhere on earth. To this purpose, experienced biologists from a variety of regions of the world has been consulted. This way from the onset the database has been designed so that other countries can benefit from this invaluable experience in Central America. The use of the database and accompanying documentation are independent of the method applied.  It works well with the Braun-Blanquet system (Braun Blaquet 1921[4]), the UNESCO system, the USNVC (Grossman et al. 1998[5]) system the FAO/UNEP (di Gregorio and Jansen, 2000[6]) Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) and quantitative data registration methods of other ecological schools of thought. Additional parameters can be added according to the needs of individual user.

Ecosystems and Protected Areas Monitoring Database, English

Ecosystems and Protected Areas Monitoring Database, Spanish

Manual

The documentation is provided in different formants to serve you best, both in English and in Spanish. For printing we recommend that you use .pdf files, which are stable for any printer. If you like to customize documents with your own comments and formatting, you need to download the .doc files.

The objective of the manual is to provide ecological principles and methods for systematic data collection in the field in such a way that they can be stored in the Ecosystems Protected Areas Monitoring Database, and serve as a manual on the use of the database. For thorough understanding of the monitoring concepts, we recommand that you also download and read Comprehensive Protected Areas System Composition and Monitoring, which elaborates important considerations on why and how to monitor what.

ECOSYSTEMS AND PROTECTED AREAS MONITORING DATABASE MANUAL.pdf
ECOSYSTEMS AND PROTECTED AREAS MONITORING DATABASE MANUAL.doc
MANUAL PARA LA BASE DE DATOS PARA EL MONITOREO DE ECOSISTEMAS Y AREAS PROTEGIDAS.pdf complete
MANUAL PARA LA BASE DE DATOS PARA EL MONITOREO DE ECOSISTEMAS Y AREAS PROTEGIDAS.pdf part1
MANUAL PARA LA BASE DE DATOS PARA EL MONITOREO DE ECOSISTEMAS Y AREAS PROTEGIDAS.pdf part2
MANUAL PARA LA BASE DE DATOS PARA EL MONITOREO DE ECOSISTEMAS Y AREAS PROTEGIDAS.doc

Field Forms

The database contains a number of printable thematic field forms designed to match the database. No forms are needed for forms VIII - XI in the database.

The forms have been designed in such a way that they can be made at the two faces of a pages. We did this to avoid multiple pages, which particularly under field conditions can easily be mixes up. Such accident may make thausands of dollars worth of field work costs useless.

In addition to distinction in .pdf and .doc formats the field forms may be downloaded in a collective zip files or individually.

The pdf files are for stable printing and the .doc files for custom editing to your needs. By eliminating data that you don't need, you will have more space for taking notes.

We also made a a file with all the forms together, so that you can print them all at once.

For European users, the English files have also been prepared for A4 printing. 

.pdf format, letter size, English

Form I: 

Full ecosystem data 

Form II: 

Fast ecosystem data 

Form III: 

Taxa 

Form III: 

Taxa, fauna 

Form III: 

Taxa, flora 

Form IV: 

Aquatic data 

Form V: 

Soil data 

Form VI: 

Human Activities 

Form VII: 

Monitored species 

 

Collective zip file 

  Combined forms file
  Combined forms file zipped

.doc format, letter size, English

Form I: 

Full ecosystem data 

Form II: 

Fast ecosystem data 

Form III: 

Taxa 

Form III: 

Taxa, fauna 

Form III: 

Taxa, flora 

Form IV: 

Aquatic data 

Form V: 

Soil data 

Form VI: 

Human Activities 

Form VII: 

Monitored species 

 

Collective zip file 

.doc format, A4, English

Form I: 

Full ecosystem data 

Form II: 

Fst ecosystem data 

Form III: 

Taxa 

Form III: 

Taxa, fauna 

Form III: 

Taxa, flora 

Form IV: 

Aquatic data 

Form V: 

Soil data 

Form VI: 

Human Activities 

Form VII: 

Monitored species 

 

Collective zip file 

.doc format, A4, English

Form I: 

Full ecosystem data 

Form II: 

Fast ecosystem data 

Form III: 

Taxa 

Form III: 

Taxa, fauna 

Form III: 

Taxa, flora 

Form IV: 

Aquatic data 

Form V: 

Soil data 

Form VI: 

Human Activities 

Form VII: 

Monitored species 

 

Collective zip file 

.pdf format, letter size, Spanish

Formulario I:

Datos detallados del ecosistema

Formulario II:

Datos básicos del ecosistema

Formulario III:

Taxa

Formulario III:

Taxa: fauna

Formulario III:

Taxa: flora

Formulario IV:

Datos acuáticos

Formulario V:

Datos del suelo

Formulario VI:

Datos de las rondas de guardaparque

Formulario VII:

Especies de Monitoreo

 

Archivo colectivo zip

 

Archivo de los formularios combinados

 

Archivo de los formularios combinados en zip

.doc format, letter size, Spanish

Formulario I:

Datos detallados del ecosistema

Formulario II:

Datos básicos del ecosistema

Formulario III:

Taxa

Formulario III:

Taxa: fauna

Formulario III:

Taxa: flora

Formulario IV:

Datos acuáticos

Formulario V:

Datos del suelo

Formulario VI:

Datos de las rondas de guardaparque

Formulario VII:

Especies de Monitoreo

  Archivo colectivo zip

 

Glosario de Términos de Biodiversidad

 

Kappelle, M. 2004. Diccionario de la Biodiversidad. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio) & Cooperación Española (AECI). Including 5,739 terms. INBio Press, Santo Domingo de Heredia. Es un dictionario de casi 6000 términos en línea escrito por Dr. Maarten Kappelle (2004) con financiamiento de la Cooperación Español y publicado en línea por INBio de Costa Rica. (Spanish only). Hicímos un archivo en formato xls para uso off-line: Glosario de términos 

Forestry measurements by Cris Brack of the Australian National University. Updates are available from: http://sres-associated.anu.edu.au/mensuration/index.htm 

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