Frequently Asked Questions:
United Corridors can create a network of protected areas to offset the problems associated with fragmentation. Through partnerships with private landowners, United Corridors can work with tropical communities to construct restoration projects that provide an economic incentive to the landowner. Depending on landscape context, a landscape assessment can determine which corridor type should be implemented to increase connectivity for organisms, focal species or indicator species.
Corridors are in place now, worldwide. Many countries have successfully implemented corridors and have on going corridor projects. However, there is a lack of data associated with these corridors. United Corridors strives to accumulate data on effective construction and composition of corridor elements that have been understudied.
Our ecosystems are at a crossroad in these volatile times. Rainforest, pine-oak, and other tropical ecosystems are particularly at risk from the demands of development. Fragmentation has resulted in a loss of biodiversity and ecosystem function. Corridors can off-set these problems if they are properly constructed in the context of the surrounding landscape matrix.
Ecosystems operate through the interdependence of organisms. If a handful of these organisms are absent due to extinction, it may upset the balance. Many forests and ecosystems have a variety of micro-climates that may be kept in check by the interdependent relationships of organisms. The event of world-wide climatic changes may also make these ecosystems more vulnerable to biodiversity loss. Corridors may assist organisms with movement to more suitable habitat for breeding, feeding and other maintenance activities that contribute to overall ecosystem function.
United Corridors is implementing projects in tropical Latin America, particularly in areas where unplanned development is occurring at the expense of biodiversity, culture, and the people.