Makushi and Wapichana parabiologists at vegetation and soil assessment training workshop. Dr, Kye Epps, course leader at bottom left.
We used a technically approved United Nations Forest Reference Emission Level (FREL) submission and Opt-In Mechanism to assess how fifteen indigenous communities with tenured forestland may financially benefit from national REDD+. We provide a first-time assessment whether field estimates of the average carbon density of mature forests managed by fifteen forest-dependent communities equals that of nearby unmanaged mature forest, as this could affect REDD+ payment levels. We conclude that, notwithstanding some pending issues, Guyana’s national REDD+ program could be very beneficial for FDP, even under a modest United States (US) $5 unit carbon price.
Free access to full paper: http://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/9/5/231
White-lipped peccary traveling across the forest of Maraca Ecological Reserve, Amazon, Brazil (Photo copyright: Jose MV Fragoso)
For those interested in tropical forests and animals, I am posting my 1994 PhD thesis. This makes available novel views of tropical forest structure and the ecology of large animals that remain unpublished. Enjoy learning details of the lives of mammals and plants and their evolutionary relationships in the Amazon forest. The dissertation/thesis can be downloaded here: Fragoso JMV 1994 Large Mammals and the Community Dynamics of an Amazonian Forest. PhD, University of Florida, USA.
Posted in Amazon, animal movement, Janzen Connell Hypothesis, Mapping, Neotropical Wildlife, Peccary, Seed dispersal, Seed predation, Tropical forest structure, Tropical trees, Tropical Wildlife, Wild pigs
News report from Stanford University on our research: “By tapping the expertise of indigenous hunters, researchers found that conventional surveying techniques underestimate animal populations and miss species in the remote Amazon. Producing an accurate count is important for planning conservation efforts.” Continue reading
Posted in Guyana, hunting, Neotropical Wildlife, Peccary, sustainability, Sustainable livelihoods, Wild pigs
Tagged Biodiversity, Brasil, Brazil, conservation, Guyana, Macuxi, Makushi, Tropical, Tropical rainforest, Wildlife
White-lipped peccary in the Amazon (copyright and photo Jose MV Fragoso)
News article from Virginia Tech University on our research: “Evidence of wildlife passage, such as tracks, scat, fur, and disturbed surroundings, is a more accurate tool for assessing wildlife conservation status than actual encounters with animals, according to an international team of scientists from six universities, publishing in the April 13, 2016, issue of PLOS ONE.” Continue reading
Posted in Amazon, hunting, Neotropical Wildlife, News, Peccary, Publications, Tropical Wildlife, Wild pigs
Tagged Amazon, Biodiversity, Brasil, Brazil, conservation, Guyana, hunting, participatory monitoring, rainforests, Tropical rainforest
Catitu (foto: Jose MV Fragoso)
A conservação de espécies cinegéticas neotropicais deve levar em conta os meios de vida e necessidades alimentares das populações humanas locais.
Resumo: Continue reading
Posted in Amazon, Neotropical Wildlife, Peccary, Publications, sustainability, Sustainable livelihoods, Tropical Wildlife, Uncategorized, Wild pigs
Tagged Amazon, Biodiversity, Brasil, Brazil, conservation, Guyana, indigenous managment, Indigenous people, Macuxi, Wildlife
Collared peccary (copyright photo Jose MV Fragoso)
Our new paper in the journal PLOS ONE reports that we are grossly under-detecting hunted animal species. The results challenge the many studies showing serious negative impacts of subsistence hunting on wildlife species. Seems like the animals may be hiding from us. This research indicates that we need to reassess how we measure hunting impacts in the tropics.
Read the article: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0152659
Posted in Guyana, Neotropical Wildlife, Peccary, sustainability, Sustainable livelihoods, Wild pigs
Tagged Amazon, Biodiversity, Brasil, Brazil, conservation, Guyana, indigenous managment, Indigenous people, participatory monitoring, tropical biodiversity, Tropical rainforest, Wildlife
Muheres Uaiuais preparam farinha de mandioca tradicional (Foto: José Fragoso)
“Populações habitam a região amazônica há milhares de anos, mas o avanço de elementos da vida moderna está pondo em risco a sustentabilidade desses povos e do ecossistema onde vivem. Essa é a conclusão de um estudo elaborado pela equipe do biólogo português José Fragoso, da Universidade Stanford, nos EUA.” “ — Os resultados da pesquisa mostram que apenas não invadir áreas indígenas não é suficiente — diz Fragoso. — O que acontece no entorno das reservas tem grande impacto no interior.”
Reportagem do O Globo:Modelo prevê impacto de fatores externos em tribos indígenas – Jornal O Globo
Posted in Amazon, News, public, sustainability, Sustainable livelihoods, Tropical Wildlife
Tagged Biodiversity, deforestation, environmental monitoring, Indigenous people, Macuxi, Makushi, participatory monitoring, rainforests, tropical biodiversity, Tropical rainforest
Industrial scale soybean fields cut from forest by the Xingu Indigenous Area, Brazil (Photo copyright by Jose Fragoso)
Stanford University reports on how our computer model simulating sustainability sheds light on how modern interventions can affect tropical forests and indigenous peoples. Our computer simulation shows that carefully designing government interactions with rural indigenous people is critical for protecting the sustainability of people, wildlife and the land.
Read the full article here: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2016/march/amazon-model-fragoso-031116.html
Posted in Guyana, Neotropical Wildlife, Publications, Uncategorized
Tagged Amazon, Biodiversity, Brasil, Brazil, deforestation, Indigenous people, Macuxi, Makushi, soy bean impacts, sustainability, tropical dams, Tropical rainforest
Preparing field for planting soybeans near indigenous land in the Cerrado of Brazil (Photo copyright by Jose Fragoso )
Our latest publication is out in Frontiers in Ecology and The Environment. We examine the socio-environmental sustainability of protected areas inhabited by indigenous and rural peoples and describe how socio-ecological change and development (e.g., forest clear-cutting outside indigenous areas, religious conversion, improved child mortality rates and introduction of resources from outside) outside these areas influences the sustainability of biodiversity, forest cover, and people inside. There are some surprising results so read the publication!
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Tagged agent based modeling, Amazon development, Brasil, Brazil, cash transfer program, child mortality, conservation, dams, deforestation, food subsidy, future of the Amazon, health care, indigenous, Indigenous people, land use, Macuxi, Makushi, rainforests, Religion, Soybean plantations, Tropical, Tropical rainforest, welfare
Poster Announcing Women in Science Summit (Courstey of CAS)
Jose Fragoso was honored to serve as a panelist at the amazing Women in Science Summit at the California Academy of sciences on January 28, 2016. Amazing people described how they maintained family life, dealt with bias challenges and succeeded in their careers. Speakers included: Jane Goodall (Gombe Reserve), Sylvia Earle (National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence), Dawn Wright (ESRI), Pam Matson (Stanford University), Jane Lubchenco (former head of NOAA), Kathy Sullivan (the first woman to walk in space) Tom Lovejoy, Joan Roughgarden and others. Google Hangouts live streamed the event.
Watch the full event and all speakers at (Jose’s begins speaking at 7:41:15 into the recording. He recommends watching all the presenters.): (https://plus.google.com/events/chqqlc7dt0em8j65g0nvo7o35uc).