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Development of sustainable agroforestry systems based on indigenous and maroon knowledge in the Guyana shield region

Objective

In the rainforests of Suriname, Brazil and Venezuela, Indigenous and Maroon communities are facing increased outside pressures on their communal lands. These communities harbour hundreds of years of experience in managing agricultural production in the com plex rainforest ecosystem and exploiting its resources of Timber and Non Timber Forest Products (NTFP's) in an extensive way. Unfortunately, their capacities as managers of the forest resource base have yet insufficiently been exploited for the benefit of the national economy. Since over-exploitation would endanger their livelihood, exploitation of the forest resource base for agriculture, timber, medicinal plants, fruits, etc. has been an integral part of their livelihood strategies aimed at long-term surv ival rather than short-term profit. Careful exploitation of traditional knowledge on the multiple uses of NTFP's (e.g. fruits, medicinal plants) could open up new sources of income generating activities that could be of profit to both the micro economy of Indigenous and Maroon communities as well as to national economy through increased market interaction. This proposal aims to develop new strategies for the production of environmentally safe and economically viable cash crops, timber and non-timber forest products based on Indigenous and Maroon livelihood strategies. Emphasis will be put on understanding Indigenous and Maroon traditional practices and finding ways to incorporate their knowledge of the rainforest ecosystem into sustainable agro-forestry syst ems: integration of Indigenous and Maroon knowledge with formal science rather than replacement of one by the other. Organisational capacities of the communities involved and institutional capacities of local institutions will be promoted through the formu lation and implementation of specific support actions.'

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-INCO-DEV-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK
Address
Costerweg 50
9101 Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (9)

CELOS, CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SURINAME
Suriname
Address
Leysweg 14
1914 Paramaribo
TROPENBOS INTERNATIONAL
Netherlands
Address

Wageningen
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Oude Markt 13
Leuven
MINISTERIO DEL AMBIENTE Y DE LOS RECURSOS NATURALES
Venezuela
Address
Centro Simón Bolivar, Torre Sur, Piso 22, El Silencio
Caracas
GRUPO DE INVESTIGACIÓN MANEJO MULTIPLE DE ECOSISTEMAS FORESTALES
Venezuela
Address
Indefor, Via Chorros De Milla
Mérida
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE MATO GROSSO
Brazil
Address
Avenida Fernando Corrêa Da Costa, S/n° Coxipó
Cuiabá-mt
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE PESQUISAS DA AMAZONIA
Brazil
Address
Av. André Araujo, 2936
Manaus
ANTON DE KOM UNIVERSITY OF SURINAME
Suriname
Address
Leyweg 86
Paramaribo
ESCOLA SUPERIOR AGRÁRIA DE COIMBRA
Portugal
Address
Bencanta
Coimbra