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LEKWILD - Outside Conservation: exploring the role of local ecological knowledge in the long-term persistence of western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) outside protected areas in Guinea-

Principal researcher: Tânia Minhós

Research group: Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography


Keywords

Biodiversity Conservation | Environmental Anthropology | Human-Wildlife Interactions | Local Ecological Knowledge | Western Chimpanzees

Funding Institution

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Partners

Centre of Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter (UK); IBAP - Instituto da Biodiversidade e das Áreas Protegidas (Guiné-Bissau)

State

Open

Start date

01-11-2022

End date

30-04-2023

Reference

UID/04038/2020


Abstract

The majority of western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) live outside protected areas suggesting informal protections are playing a continued role in their persistence. This project seeks to identify this local ecological knowledge and to reflect on its potential incorporation in formal conservation strategies. Only with a full understanding and inclusion of local perspectives and practice will ‘biodiversity conservation’ truly succeed at benefitting people and wildlife.

Team

Full members

Amélia Frazão Moreira

Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography

Associated researchers

Chloe Chesney

Environment, Sustainability and Ethnography

Kimberley Hockings (Exeter University)

Full members

Maria Cardeira da Silva

Circulation and Place-Making

Sara Marunur Faria Fernandes Quadé (IBAP)