Mixed-method approaches to understanding crop damage and subsistence hunting in the Brazilian Amazon - Mark Abrahams
Millions of people in the rural tropics rely on semi-subsistence agriculture and as a primary livelihood. Wild animals in such regions often cause crop damage and are in turn hunted.
These interactions are widely labelled "human-wildlife conflict" and "bushmeat hunting", and conceptualised as problematic for human development and/or wildlife conservation.
Quantification of livelihood impacts and hunting pressure, and more thorough exploration of human attitudes and motivations, are however still lacking, especially in the neotropics.
In this talk I will outline some research undertaken in the Brazilian Amazon, using camera traps, interviews, GPS data loggers and spatial analyses, to attempt to elucidate these human-wildlife interactions.