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
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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
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
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”.
Posted in Amazon, Neotropical Wildlife, Publications, Tropical Wildlife
Tagged Amazon, Biodiversity, Brasil, Brazil, conservation, deforestation, First Nations, Indigenous people, rainforests, soy bean farming, Tropical rainforest, Wildlife
White-lipped peccary herd in northern Brazil. Two individuals are radio-collared (Photo Jose Fragoso)
On November 10, 2015, large numbers of white-lipped peccaries moved across the town of Caracaraí in Roraima State, Brazil. Many became trapped in yards or were killed by townspeople. Caracaraí has a population of over 10,000 people. Jose Fragoso (1997, 2004) described these exceptional movements as possible population level dispersal events or perhaps a herd that abandoned its usual home area after long term persecution by humans.
Newspaper story, photos and Fragoso articles here: Continue reading
Posted in Amazon, animal movement, migration, Neotropical Wildlife, Uncategorized
Tagged Brasil, Brazil, environmental monitoring, hunting, tropical biodiversity, Tropical rainforest, Wildlife, wildlife monitoring
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
Low hanging clouds over the Amazon forest (photo Jose Fragoso)
Isabel Jubes of KZSU 90.1 FM Radio Stanford interviews Jose Fragoso concerning the State of the Amazon Forest. KZSU broadcasts Latino and Hispanic Culture to the world.
The interview can be heard here: (http://stanfordhispanicbroadcasting.org/the-state-of-the-amazon-forest-its-fauna-flora-and-indigenous-people/)
September 2, 2015 in News
Tagged Amazon, Brasil, Brazil, climate change, conservation, dams, deforestation, industrial agriculture, rainforests, Wildlife