Forest interpretation is not an easy process due primarily to the high biodiversity in TBR (about 1200 species of plants, including 97 trees, over 350 species of birds, 103 species of mammals, 825 species of butterflies, 35 species of snakes and reptiles). This means that the correct identification of the plants and animals is a major challenge. In addition, the interpretation of possible, innumerable interrelationships between all these species in ecological processes present is even more complex.
However, the greatest challenge our staff has to face is how to show the effects and impacts that conservation of this high diversity plays on many of the basics of daily life of all human beings such as water uptake, CO2 fixation, O2 production, production and supply of materials, food, medicine, scenic beauty, tourism, enjoyment and more. That is why the most complex phase of the forest interpretation is to synthesize clearly how our everyday actions and decisions are affecting the conservation of the planet’s biodiversity and its reverse effect. Why is this important? Because it means that visitors not only enjoy our work but also learn and take with them motivation to better understand the importance of conservation.
This interpretive process could not be carried out successfully without the synergy of two of the pillars of the policy and rationale of TBR: Research and Education. Without the enormous contribution of the research projects funded or promoted by TBR, our staff would not have the tools and information they do to know and understand the biodiversity, the maze of species and processes found within the tropical rainforest, much less to share it with our visitors. Without the knowledge, tools and skills that education efforts undertaken by TBR provides our staff, we would not be able to relate the importance of the impact that biodiversity conservation has for the benefit of our overall development as a community, for the organization, and for human well- being.