In 2002 the Dreyer Foundation started to build a barrage in the Dano region. In 2004 a research station has been built up close to this barrage. BIOTA West took the chance to collaborate at this site to complete the climatic gradient in two directions, the North-South and also the East-West gradient. The subprojects working on climatology, termites, fish and botany are cooperating at this site.
Bontioli-NP is located 40 km south of Dano. This protected area serves as a near-natural reference area for comparison with the anthropogenically heavily disturbed region of Dano. The subprojects concerning climatology, termites and fish are working together at this site.