Shape-shifting nature in a contested landscape in Guinea-Bissau

Leading researcher: Joana Vaz de Sousa
Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Concluded
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Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BD/45109/2008
Starting date: 01-06-09

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Abstract

Very little is known about the wildlife of southern Guinea-Bissau and even less is known about their relations with human populations. There is rising interest in protecting species such as chimpanzee, baboon, hippopotamus, and buffalo, yet these and other species are known to damage crops, and compete with local people and their livestock, for wild plant food, grazing, and access to water sources. These potential sources of conflict can threaten people’s livelihood security, reducing their support for conservation initiatives. This project proposes to develop a holistic understanding of human and wildlife needs, by addressing key-conditions for nature conservation and human and animal wellbeing. Social and ecological data on all crop-raiding species and potential competition with local people will be collected in both National Park and Natural Reserve of Cufada Lagoon using a combination of different approaches, including interviews and participated observations, mapping and cropland sampling. This information will be useful for conservation planning locally, and will make a significant contribution to the wider literature on peoplewildlife interactions.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub41*Cláudia SousaSupervisorproj97*Shape-shifting nature in a contested landscape in Guinea-BissauDoctoral researchConcluded
pub78*Joana Vaz de SousaResearch scholarproj97*Shape-shifting nature in a contested landscape in Guinea-BissauDoctoral researchConcluded
Other researchers

ResearcherPositionInstitutionProjOutrosTitulo_EN
Luís VicenteSupervisorproj97*Shape-shifting nature in a contested landscape in Guinea-Bissau
Catherine HillSupervisorproj97*Shape-shifting nature in a contested landscape in Guinea-Bissau