Rapid Biodiversity Assessment (BIORAP) of the Vava'u Archipelago, Kingdom of Tonga (February 2014) - Full Report
SPREP Publications, Island and Ocean Ecosystems
The Biological Rapid Assessment Programme (BIORAP) is a biological survey based on a concept developed by Conservation International and designed to use scientific information to catalyse conservation action. BIORAP methods are designed to rapidly assess the biodiversity of highly diverse areas and to train local scientists in biodiversity survey techniques.The BIORAP can be considered a spatial and temporal ‘snapshot’ of Vava’u’s full range of biodiversity. The survey did not visit all sites of conservation value in the archipelago and was conducted over a relatively short period of 16 days. Nevertheless, the BIORAP is the most comprehensive biological survey conducted in Vava’u to date, and generated a huge volume of useful information on the biodiversity of the archipelago.