ForestGEO is about scientific collaboration. It is an international network of hundreds of collaborators from more than 85 institutions worldwide. Partners have collaborated for decades to conduct world-class science. Each forest plot is led and managed by one or more partner institution. This includes plots in Asia that are coordinated through host-country institutions and the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, scientific education and training have always been major components of ForestGEO. Over decades, the network has developed capacity-building expertise around the world, particularly in developing countries.
ForestGEO also facilitates collaboration between the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and other Smithsonian research units, including the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the National Zoological Park’s Conservation and Research Center, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Through ForestGEO, the Smithsonian is also building and strengthening collaborations with other federal agencies of the United States, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Geological Survey, US Forest Service, US Department of Energy, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. These collaborative efforts focus particularly on implementing the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which is coordinated by the Group on Earth Observations, an intergovernmental organization that recently nominated ForestGEO for an Early Achievement Award for its potential contribution to GEOSS.
You can also find Collaborating Institutions associated with ForestGEO sites on the individual sites' pages.