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Torsten Krause

Torsten Krause

Senior Lecturer

Torsten Krause

More than just trees : animal species diversity and participatory forest monitoring in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Author

  • Torsten Krause
  • Heleana Zambonino

Summary, in English

The gradual disappearance of tropical animal species due to overhunting and habitat loss represents a major risk for

biodiversity and tropical rainforest conservation efforts. Uncontrolled hunting and other human-induced declines in diversity

and abundance of seed-dispersing animal species might also negatively affect biomass carbon storage, which could undermine

climate change mitigation efforts. We study how the Ecuadorian Socio Bosque conservation incentive programme [Programa Socio Bosque – PSB] addresses animal species conservation and engages with local communities. Drawing on official documents, as well as interviews and observations in four indigenous communities that participate in PSB, we discuss the role of local participation in conservation monitoring. The PSB’s incentive and control approach has to some extent supported the establishment and financing of forest monitoring systems in indigenous communities. However, we argue that

PSB in its current design exerts a conservation gap because it does not include animal species diversity and abundance as important components for successful long-term forest conservation. Supporting a bottom-up participatory monitoring methodology for locally-based conservation action can increase the existing positive conservation attitudes among community members. We provide specific examples of how animal species conservation and participatory monitoring can be

combined and carried out.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2013

Language

English

Pages

225-238

Publication/Series

International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management

Volume

9

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2151-3732