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Community-based conservation in Peruvian Amazon. Attempts to save the red uakari of Loreto
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract. In Peru, the population of a very rare monkey species called the red uakari (Cacajao calvus ucayalii) lives in the Amazon rainforest in an area called Loreto. The natural resources of Loreto have been exploited due to large anthropogenic pressure which has affected the biodiversity. This thesis focuses on two areas that are now protected; one conservation concession and one community-based conservation reserve, each led by two biologists and researchers. The theory of the tragedy of the commons – a concept first described by Garrett Hardin in an article in the scientific journal Science in 1968 – will be taken into consideration and analysed when studying the common gains to protect the forest, as well as the over usage of resources. This thesis investigates in a qualitative way the risks of overexploiting the rainforest and the actions taken to preserve it, and hence saving the red uakari from becoming extinct. A combination of semi-structured interviews with the two biologists and content analysis of some of their work, amongst others, will assist in the outcome of this thesis, which is intended to be used for future protection of inhabited lands in rainforests that run the risk of being overexploited due to external commercial interests. The supposition of my study was to get a better understanding of community-based action to protect a specific space in an area that is under a great deal of external pressure and it shows that collective action and involvement of local community often has positive outcome.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 37 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 310
Keyword [en]
Amazon Rainforest, Collective action, Loreto, Peru Sustainable Development, Uakari
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-303504OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-303504DiVA: diva2:972098
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2016-06-01, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, UPPSALA, 10:10 (English)
Available from: 2016-09-20 Created: 2016-09-20 Last updated: 2016-09-20Bibliographically approved

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