Some results and experiences
Although analyses are still ongoing, a varied
range of results is already available from the different surveys, including databases,
reports, a model, and 'lessons learned' in general.
The community of Luz de América participated enthusiastically in the
- People stated they enjoyed the process. They especially noted how the
creation of a map of their surroundings made them aware of their own, previously
- Understanding and communication between Reserve authorities and the
community has reportedly improved.
- Overall, the settlement itself and the agricultural fields are
considered to be the most important land units. Despite that, 'wild products' (from plants
and animals) still score 65% against 35% in terms of the importance of
- Forest is not greatly valued as a source of food. It scores highest for
construction materials, products for sale, handicrafts and medicines.
- Interestingly, forest was scored as likely to be more important in the
future (45%) than in the present (25%).
Some sample results from the PDM
Fig 1: Importance of plants for food
Fig 2: Importance of marketable products
Importance of domesticated animals
A detailed description of research methods and results of the
Bolivia survey (in Spanish) can be found in the report Luz de América: Comunidad y
Biodiversidad Amazónica. Zapata, D.M.O., González, L.A., Larrea, J.F.,
González, B., Silva, E., Arellanos, A., Meo, S. and Jong, W. de (2003). CIFOR, Bogor,
The team also produced the educational VCD 'Luz de América: Comunidad
y Biodiversidad Amazónica' , a 30 minute Spanish language video showing the whole range
of survey activities.
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