052aDr. Chuck Peters, curator of the New York Botanical Garden and steering committee member of the People & Plants International, is visiting Keystone over the next few days (6th to 10th Oct, 2009) in relation to the Nilgiris Biodiversity Festival as well as to provide inputs into the ecological work of the organization.

Chuck’s research focuses on the ecology, use, and management of tropical forest resources. Most of this research is done in close collaboration with local community groups. He is currently working in the Tapajos-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve in Brazil with several communities who are developing management plans for the sustainable production of furniture woods. He is  also involved in community forestry research in the Selva Maya of Mexico, and has recently started work in Myanmar and Vietnam to look at the conservation and sustainable use of rattan (Palmae) in these two countries.