What is it about?
We conducted the first assessment of local experts’ ecological knowledge (local ecological knowledge, LEK) and remote sensing at a landscape scale. Our data cover more than 900 communities and nearly 4000 households in the Peruvian Amazon. We find strong concordance between LEK for the presence of tropical wild species (game, timber, and fish) and remotely sensed land cover as a proxy for species habitat.
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Why is it important?
Our study demonstrates the promise of combining remote sensing and LEK for monitoring species status over large areas for biodiversity conservation and sustainable resource management in data-poor tropical forest areas.
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This page is a summary of: Landscape-scale concordance between local ecological knowledge for tropical wild species and remote sensing of land cover, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, September 2022, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2116446119.
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The Peruvian Amazon Rural Livelihoods and Poverty (PARLAP) Project is a large-scale study of rural poverty among both folk and indigenous people in western Amazonia. Rural people in Amazonia are typically poor and rely heavily on rain forest resources to make their living. Understanding poverty in biologically rich areas of the Amazon basin is important not only for informing conservation initiatives but also for social policy to improve the well-being of rain forest peoples. This multi-year study is based on the most extensive rural community and household survey undertaken in Amazonia.
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