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
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
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
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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Posted in Amazon, Guyana, Neotropical Wildlife, Uncategorized
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
White-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) in Roraima, Brazil (photo by Jose Fragoso).
More than 170 white-lipped peccaries were filmed crossing the Rio Branco River in Caracaraí County, Roraima, Brazil in the Amazon. The peccaries were filmed for over 30 minutes when in the middle of the almost 2 km wide Rio Branco by agents of Brazil’s wildlife agency Ibama. Recording made on November 7, 2015.
View the video here: http://g1.globo.com/rr/roraima/noticia/2015/11/manada-de-mais-de-170-porcos-do-mato-atravessa-rio-de-rr-video.html
Fragoso 2004 article: Fragoso 2004 White-lip dissapearances
Fragoso 1997 article: Fragoso 1997
Posted in Amazon, Guyana, Neotropical Wildlife, News, Peccary, Uncategorized, Wild pigs
Tagged Amazon, forest, Herd, hunting, Peccary, seed predator, White-lipped, Wildlife
Anthony Cummings (photo from the Web)
Anthony Ravindra Cummings led the Project Fauna team in the production of a vegetation map for the Rupununi region of Guyana, with the participation of Makushi, Wapichana and other Amerindians. Cummings and co-authors Jane Read (Syracuse University, USA) and Jose Fragoso state that with hunter’s vegetation descriptions and remotely sensed imagery we produced an eleven-class vegetation map that covered the main vegetation types described by hunters. “The final map shows that indigenous hunters can be important partners in the map-making process…”.
Posted in Amazon, Guyana, Mapping, News, Publications
Tagged Amerindians, citizen science, First Nations, Guiana Shield, Guyana, indigenous mapping, Indigenous people, native americans, participatory monitoring, process cartography, Roraima, Rupununi, Tribal