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Synergy Between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Conservation Science Supports Forest Preservation in Ecuador

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dc.contributor.author Becker, C. Dustin en_US
dc.contributor.author Ghimire, Kabita en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:51:33Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:51:33Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-09 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-09 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2584
dc.description.abstract "Meeting the desires of individuals while sustaining ecological 'public goods' is a central challenge in natural resources conservation. Indigenous communities routinely make common property decisions balancing benefits to individuals with benefits to their communities. Such traditional knowledge offers insight for conservation. Using surveys and field observations, this case study examines aspects of indigenous institutions and ecological knowledge used by rural Ecuadorians to manage a forest commons before and after interacting with two U.S.-based conservation NGOs: Earthwatch Institute and People Allied for Nature. The rural farming community of Loma Alta has legal property rights to a 6842-ha watershed in western Ecuador. This self-governing community curtailed destruction of their moist forest commons, but not without the influence of modern scientific ecological knowledge. When Earthwatch Institute scientists provided evidence that forest clearing would reduce water supply to the community, villagers quickly modified land allocation patterns and set rules of use in the forest establishing the first community-owned forest reserve in western Ecuador. This case demonstrates that synergy between traditional knowledge and western knowledge can result in sustaining both ecosystem services and biodiversity in a forest commons." en_US
dc.subject forest management--case study en_US
dc.subject indigenous knowledge en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject NGOs en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject IFRI en_US
dc.subject Workshop en_US
dc.title Synergy Between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Conservation Science Supports Forest Preservation in Ecuador en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.coverage.country Ecuador en_US
dc.subject.sector Information & Knowledge en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation Ecology en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 8 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US

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