Our project has a name. GEM-TRAIT or RAINFOR-TRAIT did not roll off the tongue well. We pondered a good name for a while. Now we have an answer. It is GEM-CHAMBASA. The acronym is not fully finalised (especially the CH) but for now it is CHallenging Attempt to Measure Biotic Attributes along the Slope of the Andes. The students love it - it is local slang for “a lot of work”. It may not work well for presentations to Ministries in Lima, but it has a great sound and the whole team loves it.
Some alternative words for the CH include “Comprehensive and Hopeful” and “Completely Hopeless”… I guess time will tell…
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University