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 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
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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.
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Tagged Amazon, Biodiversity, Brasil, Brazil, conservation, Guyana, indigenous managment, Indigenous people, Macuxi, 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
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Tagged Amazon, Biodiversity, Brasil, Brazil, deforestation, Indigenous people, Macuxi, Makushi, soy bean impacts, sustainability, tropical dams, Tropical rainforest
Agro-industrial soy bean farm adjacent to forest of an indigenous area in Brazil (photo Jose Fragoso)
Research collaborators Takuya Iwamura, Eric Lambin, Kirsten Silvius, Jeffrey B Luzar, and José Fragoso have a new paper in press. The publication examines the resiliency and sustainability of biodiversity, human livelihoods and forest cover within Amazonian indigenous lands under various future development scenarios. The paper is scheduled for publication in the February 2016 issue of the journal “Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment”.
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Tagged Amazon, Biodiversity, Brasil, Brazil, conservation, deforestation, First Nations, Indigenous people, rainforests, soy bean farming, Tropical rainforest, 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…”.
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Tagged Amerindians, citizen science, First Nations, Guiana Shield, Guyana, indigenous mapping, Indigenous people, native americans, participatory monitoring, process cartography, Roraima, Rupununi, Tribal
Village by an Amazonian river (photo by Jose Fragoso)
We have completed a major work describing the sustainability of hunting, farming (land use) and local livelihoods in the tropics. We devised an agent based computer simulation model and explored the relationships between the above mentioned elements to consider what the future may hold for tropical forest biota, ecosystems and peoples.
Stanford University, Mongabay and others published news reports about the work. You can view two here: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/june/amazon-sustainability-model-061314.html
Iwamura T., Lambin E., Silvius K.M., Luzar J.B. & Fragoso J.M.V. 2014. Agent-based modeling of hunting and subsistence agriculture on indigenous lands: understanding interactions between social and ecological systems. Environmental Modelling & Software, 58: 109-127.
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Tagged ABM, Agent based Modelling, Amazon, Brasil, Brazil, climate change, conservation, deforestation, global change, Guyana, hunting, indigenous managment, Jose Fragoso, land use, Macuxi, Makushi, rainforests, sustainability, Tropical rainforest, Wapichan, Wildlife