Conserving dry tropical forest in Latin America

Dry forest at sunsetDry forests in Latin America are among the world’s most threatened tropical forests. Less than 10 percent of their original prevalence remains in many countries. The Latin American Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest Floristic Network, in partnership with other organizations, engaged more than 50 scientists and conservationists from Latin America and the Caribbean to develop an unprecedented database of dry forest tree species. Janet Franklin – distinguished sustainability scientist and Regents’ Professor in ASU's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning – was one of the many contributors to this project, sharing inventory data collected on a National Science Foundation-sponsored project.