Baseline Ecological Inventory for Three Bays National Park, Haiti
In summary, the biodiversity inventories of 3BNP have revealed that significant species richness remains in each of the three major ecosystems including a large number of total species, as well as some that are rare and endemic to the area. These species and their habitats provide essential services to the communities around the Park and have the potential to be the basis for future ecotourism developments. Extensive human use going back hundreds of years has removed or seriously depleted a number of native species from the area, while threats put the remaining species and their intact habitats at risk (see separate 3BNP Threat Assessment report). Essential to the continued persistence of the remaining biodiversity is the preservation of remaining intact habitats and the establishment of a functioning park with a management plan, zoning, and enforcement to regulate human use within the Park boundaries.
The information developed as part of this baseline ecological assessment is designed to inform the management planning and zoning plan for 3BNP. All of the information will be made available in standardized digital format. GIS maps of terrestrial and benthic habitats along with mapped and modeled threats (Kramer et al. 2016) provide a standardized and up-to-date baseline for the Park. All documented species occurences encountered during the field surveys have been published into a standardized biodiversity systematics database (Darwin Core Archive) (http://tools.gbif.org/dwca- assistant/). It is our hope that this information will form the beginning of a comprehensive ecological database for 3BNP that can be used to guide decision making as well as future scientific studies for the area.