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70 Years After Schultes: Economic Botany from the Andes to the Amazon

Camara Leret, Rodrigo [1], Paniagua Z, Narel Y. [2], Macía, Manuel J. [1].

Quantitative ethnobotany of palms with indigenous, afroamerican and mestizo inhabitants of the Amazon, Andean & Choco forests of northwestern South America.

A protocol for gathering information on ethnobotanical and socio-economic variables of palms and human communities in different tropical rain forest is discussed. Using this protocol we present our study in quantitative ethnobotany of palms with different human groups: indigenous, afroamerican, and mestizo communities that inhabit the Amazon, Andean and Choco forests of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. By gathering a data set unrivaled in previous studies, with over 2700 informants in 32 localities from the four countries, several ecoregions and human groups, this analysis will enable a better understanding of how traditional knowledge and management systems of palms have evolved, how they have been adapted to changes, and what possible factors determine the use and conservation of a species and in turn of the forests in which they grow. Although the protocol was designed for northwestern South America, the purpose is to standardize a protocol to be used at the global scale, allowing for comparing patterns of palm use between different countries, ecoregions, habitats, human groups and use categories.

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1 - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Departamento de Biología, Campus de Cantoblanco, Calle Darwin, 2, Madrid, Madrid, 28049, Spain
2 - Herbario Nacional de Bolivia, La Paz, Bolivia

Quantitative ethnobotany.

Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY07
Location: Maryland Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Time: 1:30 PM
Number: SY07001
Abstract ID:50

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