Innovative monitoring methods in the context of adaptive management of hunting in the amazon, Colombia

Van Vliet Nathalie, Sandrin François, Cruz Daniel F., Quinceno Mesa Maria-Paula, Le Bel Sébastien, Diaz Angelica, Vanegas Liliana, Andrade German, Baptiste Brigitte, Trujillo Fernando, Garcia Claude, Nasi Robert. 2015. Innovative monitoring methods in the context of adaptive management of hunting in the amazon, Colombia. In : Proceedings of the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology and 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology " Mission biodiversity: choosing new paths for conservation". Visconti P. (ed.), Game E. (ed.), Mathevet R. (ed.), Wilkerson M. (ed.). Washington DC : Society for conservation biology, Résumé, p. 725. International Congress for Conservation Biology. 27, Montpellier, France, 2 August 2015/6 August 2015.

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Additional Information : A l'occasion de ce congrès, s'est également déroulé le 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology, du 2 au 6 août 2015, Montpellier, France

Abstract : Managing complex hunting socio-ecological systems within a context of uncertainty requires setting up efficient ways to monitor changes in the system and inform decision making in an adaptive management process. In such context, building trust through collaboration, institutional development, and social learning enhances efforts to foster ecosystem co-management. This approach draws explicit attention to the learning and collaboration functions necessary to improve our understanding of, and ability to respond to, complex social–ecological systems. Monitoring methods can generate observations over long time periods, incorporate large sample sizes, are relatively inexpensive and invite the participation of harvesters as researchers. We tested a combination of role playing games, traditional knowledge, technological innovations (camera traps and KoBoCollect) to co-develop a monitoring system for wildlife resources and hunting efforts in an indigenous hunting territory in the Amazon Colombia where hunters have organized themselves to develop an adaptive management approach to their hunting activities. The methods involve the active participation of hunters in data collection and an automatic tool for data analysis that allows users to visualize outputs instantaneously (e.g. map of offtakes per species, graph with number of prey per species per month). The information generated is directly usable by hunters for management decisions. We demonstrate the importance of such participatory monitoring models for building institutional trust between stakeholders (indigenous communities, governmental institutions in charge of wildlife management and civil society) as well as provide tools that are directly usable by local decision makers.

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Van Vliet Nathalie, CIFOR (IDN)
  • Sandrin François
  • Cruz Daniel F.
  • Quinceno Mesa Maria-Paula
  • Le Bel Sébastien, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (FRA)
  • Diaz Angelica, Instituto Alexander von Humboldt (COL)
  • Vanegas Liliana
  • Andrade German, Instituto Alexander von Humboldt (COL)
  • Baptiste Brigitte, Instituto Alexander von Humboldt (COL)
  • Trujillo Fernando
  • Garcia Claude, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (CHE) ORCID: 0000-0002-7351-0226
  • Nasi Robert, CIFOR (IDN)

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