Anthropologist Dr. Alaka Wali explains how social inventories help identify existing organization strengths of indigenous communities that can become key components in developing and implementing land management plans. Local park managers and community leaders also discuss the threats currently facing the Amazon Basin and its native peoples.

This is the second installment in a ten-part series of video reports documenting The Field Museum’s expedition to the Amazon lowlands. The Museum’s Rapid Inventory Program brings together biological and social information to create a roadmap for practical, long-lasting, and locally-supported conservation. During October of 2008, an international team of scientists led by Dr. Corine Vriesendorp of The Field Museum surveyed the Cuyabeno-Güeppí region of the Amazon Basin, which sits at the corner where Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia meet.

Be sure to check out Video Report #3 “Planning & Camp Life”

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